“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”” Luke 10:38-42
Would you rather be LOVED by someone you very dearly love? Or would you rather be SERVED by that someone you so exceedingly love?
Think of someone you love literally beyond measure. Now would you rather that person run around 24-7 doing stuff for you but never take the time to slow down and be still and simply spend time in your presence and enjoy your company and experience the love and joy found in simply being with you?
Or would you rather that person spend 24-7 enjoying your company but never spending any time doing nice things for you to show you that person’s love for you? Which would you rather be? SERVED by that person or LOVED by that person?
Or is it possible you would most especially love for that person to spend time in your presence so you could enjoy each other’s company but that second to that being your priority you would also very much appreciate that person spending time showing you that person’s love for you? Like in acts of love, kindness, and service like running errands for you, shopping around to buy you presents, mowing the yard for you, writing you letters when away, going to work every day to help pay the bills, going shopping for you to save you time, whatever may be pleasing to and appreciated by you in the way of showing love for you?
Is it possible that though you would most appreciate being LOVED that you would also like to be SERVED as a demonstration of that person’s LOVE for you?
In the well known Bible story about Mary and Martha above, Jesus made clear Mary was doing the most important thing in spending time at Jesus’ feet obviously LOVING Him and clearly learning from Him, but did Jesus say that SERVING Him was wrong? No. Seems then it was a matter of priorities, doesn’t it?
How much time should we spend LOVING and learning from the Lord by closing the door on everything in the world around us and shutting ourselves inside our “prayer closet” alone with God and the Bible? And how much time should we spend going about our everyday lives SERVING Him in one way or another in a demonstration of our love for Him?
That, my friend, is up to the leading of the Spirit of God, and that may change from day to day. Can we not trust the Lord as the love of our lives to place on our hearts each day when He wants us to commune with Him and for how long, and when and how each day He desires for us to serve Him?
If He truly is our first love as well the Lord should be, then we should trust Him and submit to Him when it comes to LOVING and SERVING Him.
Some of us myself included no matter how immeasurably I love the Lord tend to get caught up in SERVING Him and need to slow down and spend time with Him while others of us enjoy LOVING and learning from Him in our alone time with Him but neglect to put forth the love, time, and care to SERVE Him.
My friend, we need to do BOTH. We need to LOVE and SERVE God. How much, how often, and in what way, all of this we should leave up to THE LORD. For He is the one we should desire and commit to LOVE and to SERVE beyond anyone and anything else.