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Devotionals

Living Free - July 15, 2011

Getting to Know Him

Today's Scripture   

"The Master said, 'Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it...it's the main course, and won't be taken from her.'" Luke 10:42 MSG

Thoughts for Today
Are you so busy serving God and doing things that you don't have time for him? In Luke 10 we read the story of two sisters: Mary and Martha. Jesus and his disciples visited their home, quite possibly for the first time. Martha busied herself in the kitchen. She wanted everything to be just right for their special guests.

While Martha scurried to prepare the food, Mary sat calmly at the feet of Jesus, absorbing all that he said. Getting to know him better.

Finally Martha, totally stressed out, barged into the room and told Jesus to send Mary into the kitchen to help her out. But Jesus lovingly explained to Martha that Mary had chosen the most important thing, the "main course," and that Martha was fussing too much about less important things.

Was Martha wrong to want to be a good hostess? Of course not. She wanted to serve Jesus well. But she let serving him become more important than knowing him.

Consider this …
Don't we do the same thing?

Sometimes we get so busy in a ministry, or helping people, or working for good causes, all in the name of Jesus...that we fail to put him first. To spend quiet time with him, knowing him better, absorbing his love and joy and peace.

Let's not forget the most important thing...the main course.

Prayer
Father, I know that sometimes I get so busy doing things, even good things, that I neglect spending time with you. Teach me to be more like Mary. In Jesus' name...


These thoughts were drawn from …

A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Himby Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.

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