Making the Right Choice

*Read Luke 10:38-42

Mothering, homeschooling, housekeeping, writing – all good things. They are ways in which I serve. Sometimes, however,  just when I’m expecting a pat on the back – I get a step on the toes. Not everything good is best and sometimes priorities get all out of whack. Sometimes, a person needs to be reminded. quiet time

Christ followers are called to more than acts of service. We are called to be servants. Yes, there is a difference. Being a servant has to do with attitude more than actions. In order to have the proper attitude, we must spend time with the master.

We have all done it. We have grumbled because someone did not adequately acknowledge our acts of service. We follow the letter, but not the spirit, of the command to serve others. During this conversation with Martha, we find that we cannot serve properly until we have spent time with the Lord. A true servant is, first and foremost, a worshiper.

 

If we do not put worship ahead of service, two things will happen:

  1. We will become distracted. 
  2. We will become bitter.

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” – Luke 10:40

Do you see it? Martha was distracted by her serving. If we are not people of worship, our acts of service distract us from the savior. We become distracted and then we become bitter. I’ll admit to having a little Martha in me. I’m not proud of it. Lord, don’t you see all that I’m doing? Lord, why doesn’t so-and-so have to take care of these things? Blah, blah, blah. Trust me, it’s not pretty. So, without worship, servants become distracted and bitter.

Why worship?

  1. It is the only thing necessary.
  2. It will not be taken away.

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” - Luke 10:41-42

Worship is necessary. The Lord said that Mary, the worshiper, made the right choice. Worship ensures that our hearts are right and that the motives behind our acts of service are pure.

Let’s make sure we are making the right choice. The goal is not to be servants, but to be worshipers who serve.

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me and buxStacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

Comments

  1. Cheryl Ganey says:

    I need guidance in my walk in faith and relationship with god.

  2. Loucrecia Hollingsworth says:

    This is such a good subject to address. I’ve been there. For me, it tends not to be bitterness over lack of recognition…perhaps lack of appreciation at times, but more often it’s over frustration from looking around at all the people who seem to be doing nothing. This is an issue I have to battle off and on. But one thing I want to recommend is to work through the issue, literally. There have been so many times I’ve wanted to throw my hands up and quit, but my husband would spur me on (or vice-a-versa). I feel that if we had given in to that temptation to just quit out of frustration then we would have been on a slippery slope, perhaps backsliding our way out of our church (regular, faithful attendance & worship). We may have slipped totally into that self-centered mentality that seems to dominate our culture. We have to remember that going to church or being a part of a ministry is never “about us”.

    Also, I was encouraged to see that this was written by a fellow homeschooling mom. We are about to embark on this journey and it can be a bit intimidating because so many people question our motives. I have to say that for us, it is not the easy choice. It would be so much easier to go with the flow & register our soon to be 5 yr old daughter with our local school. I have been tempted, but I feel called to this. And, just as with anything else the Lord calls us to do, we must keep our heart, motives, and priorities in check. So thank you for sharing this.

    • It is “never about us.” I love that. Such truth. :) Praying for you as you embark on the homeschooling journey. Not everyone understood our decision, either. But we LOVE it! Feel free to email me if you want to discuss it. This is our first year so we are newbies, too. :)