ARE YOU A MARY OR A MARTHA?
By Tiffany Knowlton, MA, Licensed MFT with Turning Point Counseling
Many of us are involved in ministry to the point that we are doing too much and not spending enough time with God!
Perhaps we have the belief that we find God most in the works we do. Works are important, but as we see in the story of Mary and Martha, there is something even more important. We need to spend time at the feet of Jesus.
Martha was frustrated that Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to Him while she worked and Jesus said, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only One thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 41-42).
Some of my favorite lyrics come from “We Fall Down” sung by Chris Tomlin, “We fall down. We lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus – the greatness of His mercy and love at the feet of Jesus.” When we spend time in the Word we are at the feet of Jesus admitting that we need Him and that it is a mistake to think that we, ourselves, even come close to the greatness of Jesus. We are admitting that we desperately need His mercy and love.
When we go to the Lord through His Word, we are laying our burdens or “worries” at His feet. I went so many years in my life doing good works and felt close to God doing so, but now am finding that that instead of works leading to God and His Word, it is God and His Word that lead to works. Consider the verse, “See ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Out of an intimate relationship with God, easily flow the ministries in our lives. Take some time to create a special place in your life to study His Word.
When we go to Him first, everything else falls into place:
1) Study His Word! Be spontaneous and go to Him in addition to making time with Him part of your daily schedule.
2) Pray! Prayer works because we go to Him first and He speaks directly to us – He carries our burdens for us so we don’t have to. If you are experiencing problems in your life – marriage, family relationships, financial, career, whatever it may be – go to Him first.
He is waiting for you to take advantage of all He has to give you. You just have to seek Him and you will find that it is there for you!
Tiffany sees clients in Rancho Cucamonga and Upland. To Schedule an appointment with Tiffany or at one of our other locations CALL 800-99-TODAY or (800) 998-6329 www.TurningPointCounseling.org
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