Serving: diakonía – ministry; active service, done with a willing (voluntary) attitude
But she was also distracted.
Distracted: to draw around (περί, III. 1), to draw away, distract; passive metaphorically, to be driven about mentally, to be distracted: περί τί, i. e. to be over-occupied, too busy, about a thing
Jesus spoke that Martha’s service (ministry) took her away from the ONE thing that is NECESSARY — to be with Jesus.
What was meant to once glorify God was the very thing that was drawing her away from Him. We too, can easily fall in this trap.
Our identities can be misplaced in what we do and results, rather than whose we are. We can fall for the deception that it’s dependent on us. If we don’t keep it all together, it will all fall apart. Forgetting that it is GOD who gives the growth and His purposes are already finished.
May we purposely choose to be undistracted. May we refuse to check off the boxes of religion that leaves us empty rather than choosing true intimacy with the Father.
May we purpose to choose what Jesus says is necessary, to simply be with Him.
The body of Christ is much bigger than any man made building or denomination. It’s the most unique body of people on the planet. It’s diverse. It’s beautiful. It is a group of people marked by the Holy Spirit where ALL parts are called to have the same honor and function as a cohesive body. We can be sure pride is in our life when we elevate people, look at status, or value one gift over the other. In turn, this breaks down the unity and love in the body of Christ.
Today we invite you in Holy Spirit to examine our hearts. Expose to us any pride, favoritism, religion and tradition that may be hidden. Let us come forth with boldness to recieve the mercy and grace you have for us. We thank you for it. Holy Spirit help us to live a life full of honor. Let us see people the way that you see them and help us to walk in humility and love above all else. We thank you for your help that is available today. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
Who is Apollos, really? Or who is Paul? Aren’t we both just servants through whom you believed our message? Aren’t each of us doing the ministry the Lord has assigned to us? 1 Corinthians 3:5 TPT
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, which our respectable parts do not need. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:20-27 CSB
“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 HCSB
Every single day we get up and live this life here on earth. But, are we truly making an eternal impact for the Kingdom of Heaven? I believe that because you are reading this you have a desire to lead by example and bring people close to the Father. But how? Many of us aren’t behind the pulpit. The wonderful news is that you do not have to be. Your example leads every single day!
It is essential that we are mindful to keep in step with the Spirit. There are unbelievers and believers alike searching to draw near unto the Father. As Children of God we leave behind an example. One that leads people closer to Christ or one that leads them further away. Everyday life is a ministry to heal the broken hearted, heal the sick, and set the captive free. By being in His presence, you are continually being formed to look, speak, and act more like the Father. That is wonderful news for the grocery clerk, the gas station attendant, your kids, and spouse!
We must be mindful of things we do because we are ambassadors of heaven. We represent Christ. After all, to be a Christian is to be ‘Christ-like’ also known as a ‘little Christ’. Being mindful of reflecting Him to others will leave us to really be intentional on how we live day to day life and how this effects those that surround us. What may be permissible may not be beneficial for others. We must not only think of ourselves, but the influence we are stewarding for the Kingdom of Heaven. All we do should be done from a place of building up the Body Of Christ. This includes standing up for injustice and correcting wrongs. But, we must do all of this from a place of humility, honor, and love.
What does your example say about you?
When people see you, are they met with the Father?
Ask Holy Spirit to help you be mindful of the example you leave behind to others. Ask Him to help you be intentional about being in His presence. In doing so, who you truly are in Him will not only be revealed in Word but activate you into action!