Intimacy vs. activity

Jun 15, 2024

‘"But one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her."’Luke 1 0:42 CSB

When Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha, their individual responses to Him were very different. Martha’s focus was on the meal. Her aim was to please Jesus. But she made a common mistake; her work became more important than her Lord. What began as a serving experience became a self-serving one. She forgot the meal was to honour Jesus, not her. She said, ... ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ (Luke 10:40 NIV). And what did Jesus say? ... ‘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 CSB). And what had Mary chosen? Intimacy with Jesus!

The danger of religious activity is that sometimes it’s designed to make us feel good about ourselves and look good in front of others. Choosing activity over intimacy also happens to people who love the Lord and aren’t necessarily involved in church work. It’s amazing how many bright, successful people reach the point of burnout because they have neglected their relationship with God. They never intended to; it’s just that they have learned to make it on their own and haven’t been forced to rely on Him. Or they have bought into a religious compartmentalisation of God – like He is just another weekly appointment on Sunday mornings.

The fact that Jesus chose intimacy over activity teaches us a very important lesson: until you put your relationship with God at the centre of your life, you will struggle to find your true purpose, enjoy the fruit of your labours, and experience God’s peace and joy.

SoulFood: Eze 31-33, Mark 16:1-20, Ps 80:1-11, Pro 15:11-14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2024

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