Every Sunday, I take a break from writing about Work, Life, and Changing the World. Instead, I write about my imperfect understanding of God’s perfect love as my personal mission to spread His word and His love and to make a difference. You can read more Mission posts here.
As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” — Luke 10: 38-42
Like Martha, we think that we need to serve God in order for us to please Him, to know Him more.
But, Jesus said that there is only need of one thing and Mary figured it out.
All God wants of us is to come to Him. Like Mary, to simply listen to Him and stay beside Him. We don't even need to be saints to be worthy to come to Him. We just come. There's no need to please Him, to serve Him. We just come as we are.
Yes, I believe in serving God through ministry and community. But, that comes as a result of receiving and knowing Him by simply coming to Him. In the community, we serve others. To help them come to God. As they are. To love them. As they are. To welcome them. Like how God would welcome them. As they are.
Being in community for 4 years now, I'm only beginning to serve God by serving others. I'm only beginning to understand that God has no need of my service. He can order all the angels to tend to Him. All I really need to do is to come to Him.
When you serve, don't just serve to please God. He's already pleased with you and He doesn't need your service. Instead, love His people like how He would love them. Help them choose the better part through your service. When you're tired, rest in His love. Just come.
Don’t be anxious about so many things. Just come.