A meditation from Max Lucado’s “He Still Moves Stones” asks “Who is the Servant?”
Martha was distracted with much serving….But many has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42.
Martha is worried about something good. She’s having Jesus over for dinner. She’s literally serving God. Her aim was to please Jesus. But she made a common, yet dangerous mistake. As she began to work for him, her work became more important than her Lord. What began as a way to serve Jesus, slowly and subtly became a way to serve self. She forgot that the meal was to honor Jesus, not Martha. I am sure that all of us have experienced something like Martha. We started out an activity to serve God and it slowly morphed into a possession of ourselves. We forgot what we were called to do. Sometimes it helps to take a quick inventory of why we set out to serve God and at the end, was our goal the same? That is the sneakiness of sin. It enters in when we least expect it. Then at the end of our endeavors, we are left feeling empty, angry, withdrawn, or defeated. The good news is that we are forgiven and have a new opportunity to try to keep our motives pure.
Blessings. Nancy Trimble, Deacon
P.S. A big thank you to all who provided food for the funeral meal for Briana Byrd, who provided support to the family, and were there to celebrate Bri’s life. We are blessed by a very giving and loving congregation, albeit small, they are mighty! Many thanks.