Busy For Jesus Doing Nothing
“There is always so much to do, but nothing more important than spending quiet time before the Lord.” – Charles Stanley
There is an event in the life of Jesus that is only mentioned once in the Bible. It is in the gospel of Luke when Jesus is invited to have dinner in the home of sisters Martha & Mary. It is only five verses – Luke 10:38-42. Yet, it has one of the most profound lessons applicable for us today.
Now as they were traveling along, He (Jesus) entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Read the bold apart of the previous paragraph again. It is Jesus’ own words telling us what is most important in His eyes.
It is so easy for us to be like Martha. Ministry work and intimate relationship with Jesus are always there to do, but too many do more of the ministry work than spending quiet time in the Lord’s presence. Some don’t spend intimate time with Jesus at all. This is a gross error in the Christian walk.
Yet, we see that Jesus emphasizes the intimate time with Him as more important than ministry work. Seems like a contradiction, but nothing could be more obvious from the lips of Jesus.
What was Mary exactly doing that Jesus said was most important? Mary was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.
So if Mary simply sat quietly at the feet of Jesus listening to every word that came from His lips, why do so many Christians do the exact opposite? Many do it out of fear, insecurity, and the deep pain within their hearts they would rather hide from than face.
Instead they drown themselves in ministry work thinking they are doing things for God. This is what Martha was doing – preparing the meal and then becoming upset at both Mary and Jesus. (I wouldn’t want to get angry at Jesus.)
Keeping busy doing things for Jesus without first spending quiet, intimate time with Jesus often is doing NOTHING. It is done in the power of the flesh, sin nature.
I pray this simple lesson be rooted in your heart. Without Jesus, we can do nothing. Intimate relationship and time in the presence of God makes the love of God root into you. Then, His love motivates you to do Christian ministry for His love will be your primary motivation.
Like Mary, sit quietly at the Lord’s feet and hear every word that comes from His lips. (Sit quietly often hearing what He speaks from His Word.)
Stop doing and just BE in His presence.