“Martha, Martha,” Jesus said, “You worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed.” – Luke 10:41
Do we have our priorities in order? Do we worry too much? Sometimes, we let the business of our lives distract us from spending more time with Jesus. It’s significant to note, though, that Jesus gently admonished Martha for being “worried and upset,” and not for her enthusiasm to serve. Service is a good thing, but sitting at Jesus’ feet is best. We must remember what is most important.
Good works should flow from a Christ-centered heart. When we give Jesus the attention he deserves, he empowers us to serve others. Have I devoted my time to God, and reflected God’s love in our deeds?
Re-creating God’s Presence
All Christian action—whether it is visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, or working for a more just and peaceful society—is a manifestation of the human solidarity revealed to us in the house of God. It is not an anxious human effort to create a better world. It is a confident expression of the truth that in Christ, death, evil, and destruction have been overcome. It is not a fearful attempt to restore a broken order. It is a joyful assertion that in Christ all order has already been restored. It is not a nervous effort to bring divided people together, but a celebration of an already established unity. This action is not activism. An activist wants to heal, restore, redeem, and re-create, but those acting within the house of God point through their action to the healing, restoring, redeeming, and re-creating presence of God. – Henri Nouwen