Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Resting and doing are both important. Faith without works is dead. Some of us are too passive and failed to do good works in faith. Some are too zealous in our works that we missed the focus on Jesus Himself and to be led by the Spirit.

The Lord reminded me in this story of Mary and Martha that it is not as much about whether we should just sit down and do “nothing” like Mary or to work hard to serve the Lord like Martha.

The focus is on the presence of Jesus Christ. We are to prioritize seeking, lingering, waiting for the presence of God. This is a posture of the heart and alignment of the mind, as we work hard and do good works for the Lord, our priority is to constantly linger in His presence. Being and doing can exist together. Of course there should be time set aside intentionally to seek the Lord and not do.

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