Today’s guest post is by a new friend of mine that I met on my travels this summer! She’s a sweetheart with a passion for God and missions and I’m so excited for her to share her heart with you all today!
You know how you can read a bible story a hundred times and it’s just a story, but when you read it at the right time in your life it hits deep? Here’s a little story about that…
I have spent the last two years of my life serving the Lord in South Africa. I spent every day evangelizing and bringing encouragement to God’s children. As a result, I saw the Lord work in amazing ways, I saw many people come to know Jesus, and many people be healed by His power. I loved seeing what the Lord could do through me when I listened to his guidance. I have so many amazing stories I could share, but instead I’m going to talk about what I learned when I finally came back home.
I have been home for two months now, and it’s been rough. I am someone who likes to feel like I am doing big things and changing the world. I like to know that my actions are making an impact. In South Africa I knew I was making an impact for His kingdom. But now that I’m back home? Not so much. I am keeping busy and learning lots, but I am longing to serve Him the way I used to. I feel like I don’t have a purpose anymore.
In a quiet moment, as I cried out to the Lord about my struggle, He reminded me of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42.
“38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus[d] entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
It was then that I realized, I was Martha. I was “being distracted by much serving.” And I was missing out on the best part of Christianity. The best part is that God doesn’t require my service, nor does He need it. All he wants from us is our heart. And that is the most beautiful thing about our God. Christianity is the only religion where God reaches out to us. And where we get to be seated on the throne with Him as his beloved children. My purpose is to serve Him and Love Him. I just can’t get over that.
I don’t want to be so distracted with trying to serve God that I forget to give Him my heart. I will go in and out of seasons of serving the Lord, I can’t rely on that to sustain me. The good portion of the Lord will never be taken from me. Sitting at his feet, learning from him, and worshiping with all my heart is all I should need. That is the only thing that is necessary. And I am so thankful for that.
I know I need to remind myself about this every day, and maybe some of you out there do too. Pray for me and I’ll pray for you 🙂