But one thing is necessary
By Kim Swindell Wood | May 6, 2019 8:39 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
“But one thing is necessary.” That scripture in Luke chapter 10 is talking about worshipping at the feet of Jesus. There are a lot of things we can do without in this life. But some things are necessary as Jesus sees it. We can go many weeks without food, but it’s necessary for life. We can spend several days without water, but it is even more necessary for life than food. But what about breath? How long can we go without breathing? Maybe only a minute or two. Breath is necessary for life. It is arguably the most important of needs for sustaining life. When we speak, we breathe. And when we worship, we inspire in and expire out the very life that God has placed in us.
Genesis chapter 2 proves that our breath originated from God. Breath is life. So just as breath is necessary for life, so is it detrimental to worship. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and worshipped, and it was necessary. However, she didn’t choose worship instead of servanthood; she chose it as servanthood. We tend to give poor Martha a lower grade because she chose to serve. Notice in Luke chapter 10 again, but this time let’s look at verse 38, “a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.” Mary worshipped on a platform created by her sister’s hospitality. Yes worship is our breath, but to worship doesn’t mean we neglect serving. Martha was upset but she took her complaint straight to the top. She spoke with Jesus directly concerning her frustration instead of gossiping to others. But Jesus taught her that afternoon in the village of Bethany the same truth he is teaching us today. Serving is good and honorable, but worship is life. There will always be an opportunity to serve. The plates and tables can be cleaned later – the floor swept at another time. But notice again, Jesus never said to choose one or the other, he simply said to put worship first. Of the two things Mary could have been doing, she chose option “A.”
Many people serve the lord in various roles. Each one is important and vital. But worship and servanthood go hand in hand like Mary and Martha. They possess the same DNA. They share the same house. One opens the door and provides the platform for worship, and the other completes worship with the very breath they breathe. Bethany possessed both, Jesus needed both, and we need both today.
Now you may ask, “this servant thing you speak of, how do I accomplish the heart of a worshipper and a servant simultaneously, and what’s in it for me?”
The word serve means to perform, present, or deliver for someone else or someone else’s benefit. The disciples are a good example of this. Jesus used the disciples to serve the masses with two fish and some loaves of bread. He first had the disciples organize them in groups, then he blessed the food, broke it, and instructed the disciples to serve the people. The Bible records 5,000 were present at the feeding, but women and children were not counted in those days, so the crowd most likely was much larger. Now, there’s one thing the Bible records in all three gospel accounts of this miracle, and that fact is there were 12 baskets left over. Each disciple served many people first, after which they each received more than enough for themselves and others.
We can’t out-give God, out-bless God, nor can we out-perform him. All of what we are called to is from him and through him, and that includes serving. Some of us serve through financial giving. Others serve in more physical roles. But remember everything belongs to God anyway. It’s our honor to become a steward through which he uses. When one person receives Jesus at the altar of a service, that encounter is made possible by the many servants that went before the service to create that atmosphere or worship.
This Sunday will be Mother’s Day. Do something special for her, and bring her with you to Christpoint Church this Sunday and allow some of our wonderful servants to reach out and love you both. We have three service times. Traditional service at 8 a.m., and our more progressive services at 9:15 a.m. and 11 am. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.