I believe that many of us have plans for this New Year. I’m sitting here looking at mine almost wondering who wrote them. Suddenly it feels like 12 months are not enough to accomplish what is in this paper staring at me; daring me to embark on it.
Anyway, I’m drawn to the story in Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary. In verse 40, we notice that Martha was distracted by much serving. In this fast paced world, most of us are like Martha. We feel like 24 hours in a day are no longer enough – there’s just so much to do! I’m sure that was Martha’s position and when she expressed her frustration to Jesus, He told her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,” (Luke 10:41NIV)
Sometimes we may feel like we are doing all the work by ourselves and no one cares enough to offer a helping hand. Martha was exasperated that her sister wasn’t helping and tried to get Jesus to intervene. She said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:40NIV).
We do that too, probably in different ways. We ask God to send help in situations that overwhelm us but God is like, “My child, a little effort in prioritizing would help you. Choose what is important.” This is how Jesus said it to Martha in Luke 10:42 “but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Quick question, what is at the top of you plans for 2014?
Over and over we fail to choose what is important and then get frustrated in the process. I have learned that it is easier or more convenient to serve than to commune that is why many of us choose to serve. Both are necessary in our Christian walk but we must know the order in which they should come. Look at Joshua serving and Moses communing. Joshua never grew weary of fighting with the Amalekites (because he was being uphelp by someone’s communing with God); but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands. (Exodus 17:8-13). When you choose to commune with God as your first and most important priority, you will not tire of your service to Him. We tire because we have misplaced priorities not because there’s so much to do with very little time and no help. God gave each one of us 24 hours in a day… the CEO, the stay-at-home-mum, the pastor, the firefighter – all of us, and He expects us to be fruitful in whatever area He has called us to serve. But service shouldn’t take the place of communing with Him.
You may have realized that when you drop your hands to your sides, the tide of battle shifts right before your eyes. The enemy begins to gain a toehold. Why? because your enemy knows what is important and what brings you the victory. However, I have good news for you: As long as you are in communion with God, He will send you help! When you stretch your arms towards heaven again and bring the matter to the Lord. Immediately the battle’s momentum shifts back to you and once again the enemy is driven back.
We must keep our arms stretched towards heaven in communion with God if we want to open the door for God’s supernatural intervention on the battlefield. God’s prevailing power is released through prayer.
With God, we will prevail!