The problem with serving

From Sunday’s sermon on Luke 10:38 – 42

Something has gone dramatically wrong with Martha’s service. Though service is good, though she is called with all disciples of Jesus to love her neighbor as herself and to do this in concrete acts of service, her very works of service show that she is coming off the rails.

There are signs of a serious problem. Yes, I suppose she is “getting things done”. But she is becoming a distracted, bitter, anxious and troubled woman. She is breaking relationships with one those who are close to her (Remember, in her anger she publicly confronts Mary and Jesus.). And she is coming into the presence of Jesus so caught up in her own trouble, bitterness and woe that she doesn’t even really see him there. He is in her house, and all she is thinking about is how much she has yet to do and how ticked she is at those others who won’t get with the program.

Can you relate to this? Have you ever been able to? Do you see how dangerous this is?

We are SENT by Jesus out into this world, but this is a dangerous prospect. For it is very possible, maybe even very likely, that the more we are SENT out to work for the Lord the more we can become over-worked, burnt out, anxious, bitter, troubled people.

So what are we to do?


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