When The Doing Becomes Trouble
Posted: Thursday, March 26
Verse of the day:
Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
As we read through the Bible we can begin to feel bogged down at times with all that we should do if we are a follower of God. It can feel especially overwhelming while reading through all the commands and instructions that God gives to the Israelites as they are journeying through the wilderness. Reading Deuteronomy 6:4-5 should bring some clarification on where on focus should be. In order to be a follower of God we must love him with all our hearts, souls and all of our strength.
God isn’t looking for us to complete a huge task list He is looking for us to be in a deeply committed loving relationship with Him. When we focus first on loving Him all the other stuff begins to then fall into place. When our focus is on completing “Christian tasks” that’s when we begin to feel overwhelmed. Remember the story of Mary & Martha? Jesus had come to visit these two sisters and they had very different thoughts on how they should serve Him. Mary chose to deepen her relationship with Him by spending time in His presence and enjoying His company. Martha on the other hand was overwhelmed with all there was to be done to serve Him. Luke 10:40-42 says, “But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
While serving the Lord don’t let your doing take the place of your loving. If you feel overwhelmed with all that you are doing to serve the Lord it may be time to take an inventory of your life and see if you need to change your focus to spending less time doing and more time growing your love for Him.