Work as WorshipGuest post by Amy Lively
Martha was a working girl, just like you. When Jesus stopped at her house with His entourage, she stepped up to serve them.
You can read her story in Luke 10:38-41:As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 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.”
I can relate to a woman who bosses Jesus around! I know exactly how Martha feels when I’m working my tail off, whether it’s in the office or in the kitchen.Martha was distracted by her work. The Greek word translated “distracted” is perispaō, and it is used only here in the entire Bible. It means to be drawn away and distracted, to be over-occupied or too busy. If Luke was telling the tale of a twenty-first century woman, he would use this word a lot more . . . a whole lot more! We are distracted by our responsibilities at home and at work, our duties at church, endless activities for our children, our dogged pursuit of fitness and financial stability, and family obligations. We are distracted by texts, tweets and notifications, friend requests and followers.
We are rarely distracted or over-occupied with loving God or loving our neighbor.Yet there’s no exception to Christ’s #2 Command to love our neighbor, and this command is too important to wait until our work is done. And let’s be honest, our work is never done! Martha chose work over a chance to worship Jesus. No one remembers what Martha served for dinner that night, but Sunday school classrooms around the world still teach about Martha, the frazzled worker.
Martha chose work over a chance to worship Jesus.Martha’s work was important, just like yours. One of the Greek words for “serve” is diakoneō. This word means to supply life’s necessities, which is your goal for your career—it’s why you work. This word means to wait at a table and offer food and drink to the guests, like Martha did—and it also means to take care of the needs of others, like Jesus did. Jesus used the same word of himself:
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:43–45
The happiest working mamas are the ones who serve Jesus first, then serve others. Your heavenly paycheck will be sweet, and your daily reward is priceless!
Mama's! Isn't this an amazing message! Our work IS important, just like Martha's was- we supply for life's necessities for our family and we take care of the needs of others, just like Jesus. This is encouraging! Martha is no the BAD guy in the story- BUT, she did make the wrong choice and Jesus does not condemn her for it but gently reminds her of where her focus needs to be. I know I can easily get distracted with what needs to be DONE versus taking the time to love Jesus and my neighbor.
Amy's book has been transformational for me. I have shared a few times over the past week about Loving my Neighbor and how Community and Neighborhood Connections are absolutely essential to us working Mama's and not as hard as we might think with the bonus of SO MUCH BLESSING IN RETURN.
Amy has graciously offered to give away a signed book!
My challenge is to you- leave a comment stating ONE THING you can do today or sometime this week to love your neighbor. I will pick a winner!
Lots of Love!