The Mistake of Martha

Devotional Thought

Martha’s mistake is still being repeated in the church today. Both believers and servants of God are falling for it. Where Martha’s spirit is manifesting, you will see working for God, exalted above walking with God. It is a misplacement of priority, to be grossly committed to the harvest and be grossly disconnected from the Lord of the harvest.

How can we possibly succeed in serving Him, without a consistent time of fellowship with Him? The Bible says, “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” -Luke 10:41-42.

Jesus did not rebuke Martha for serving, but for taking the service more seriously than listening to, what the Lord had to say. He rebukes her for misplacement of priority. Your priority reveals the object of your affection. 

Commitment to the Harvest

Our commitment to the harvest must be rooted in our affection, for the Lord of the harvest. We must love God so much that even His work cannot distract us from Him. Our service should be an overflow of our time of fellowship with Him. Though we were commanded to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to all nations, our going should be a result of our waiting on Him.

The disciples were with Him before He sent them forth. How often do you sit at His feet, to listen to Him? Or are you so busy with the ministry that you no longer spend time with God? Don’t let the spirit of Martha rest on you. Evidently, the quality of your work for God is determined by the quality of your walk with Him.

Unfortunately, Martha’s service for the day was rejected because she did not sit down to get God’s mind for the moment. Can you imagine a lot of energy she has burnt into service, only to discover that was not what God wants of her? Don’t take your time with God lightly, it is a significant part of your service, and without it, your service is useless.

Let’s Talk About it.

How do you balance your walk and work with God for effectiveness?

Prayer Starter.

Father, draw me to Your feet always, in Jesus’ name.

Rotimi Oluwaseyitan
Rotimi Oluwaseyitan

Rotimi Oluwaseyitan is the Lead Pastor at Christ Royal Assembly and founder of Rotimi Oluwaseyitan Ministries. He has authored six books, including Exceeding Riches of His Grace, GraceNow Devotional, Prophetic Prayer Handbook, The fellowship of the Holy Spirit, Dealing with the Spirit of Herod, and the Mistakes of Lot. He is passionate about prayer and the word. He hosts a monthly prayer meeting online every first day of the month.

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