Is it possible to serve too much?
Our initial “Christian-who-always-went-to-Bible-school” answer is probably “no”.
But Scripture seems to say otherwise. In Luke 11:38-42, Jesus is doing dinner with Martha and Mary. Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet, delighting in his teaching and presence.
Martha on the other hand is having a freak out party. She’s serving like a maniac. A very angry maniac.
But Martha was distracted with much serving.
Martha wasn’t enjoying Jesus. Instead she was distracted with much serving. You and I probably would have applauded Martha and given her a golden “servant star”. Jesus, on the other hand, gently corrects her.
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.
Martha’s problem wasn’t that she was serving. The problem was that her serving took her away from fellowship with Jesus.
In the same way, we serve too much when our serving takes us away from fellowship with Jesus. And we’re not just talking about Bible study and prayer. Fellowship with Jesus also includes fellowship with the saints.
What do you think? What does it look like to serve too much?
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