Back to Reach | Devotion #2: Martha and Mary
Larry Gabbara | Financial Bookkeeper
“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 11:13
Serving should bring us joy, not feel like a chore. When we love the Lord, we want to serve Him. The Bible teaches us that if we serve the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.
“But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’” Luke 10:40
God has given us two purposes in this life. We are to serve others and worship God. God teaches us that serving others strengthens our faith. Serving is a selfless act to show God our love towards Him. Jesus set the example of serving for us. He said that He came to serve, not to be served. Serving should never be done out of a sense of obligation, but with a giving heart, as part of worship.
We should all be a balance of Martha and Mary, taking time to learn and rest at Jesus’ feet and taking the time to serve and worship. Serving is an act of worship; we should remember when serving Jesus, we have to have a servant’s heart.
Serving allows us to discover and develop our relationship with Jesus. It will help us show the world that being a servant is what was commanded of us. That is part of obedience. The devil will remind us of all the reasons why we cannot serve: “I do not have time, I do not know what to do, I do not have the right skills, no one asked me to help.” These are weak excuses.
We can all serve; it helps us build bonds with others. It allows us to be a part of spreading the Gospel. Offering to help is a simple step that builds your relationship with Jesus. On the flip side, it helps those around us. You walk away with a feeling of joy because you were a part of the big picture of helping spread the Gospel to those who may not know Jesus.
Remember that it was Jesus who first taught us to serve.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45