Keep First Things First

Below is taken from my new book, One-Minute Devotions On Prayer, which is on sale now.

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” (Luke 10:40)

Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany, and while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was, “distracted by all the preparations.” You might say that sitting in the heat of activity is the distraction.

But it’s not. The real distraction is doing that which keeps you from sitting with Jesus. Jesus said what Mary did would not be taken away from her. But he didn’t say the same to Martha.

When anything trumps your devotion to Jesus, it’s fair game to be removed. Nothing is more sacred. Not even service for the sake of Jesus is sacred.

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Jesus would rather you sit with him than serve him. He is more jealous for your presence than he is for your service. Can the same be said about you? Are you more jealous for God’s presence than what he can do for you?

The one who listens for God has trained her heart to be satisfied in him. It is then that she can be trusted with ministry because the ministry has not become her life. Instead, it will be performed in gratitude and humility because Jesus has become her life. It’s the right way: Jesus first and then everything else. Not everything else and then Jesus.

Let’s pray: “Jesus, I want you to trust me with ministry but never want ministry to take first place. Help me to keep you in first place.”

Chris believes we're all looking for purpose and joy at work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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2 thoughts on “Keep First Things First

  1. Chris, this is such a timely post for me, it is exactly what my hearts cry is. You said: “The one who listens for God has trained her heart to be satisfied in him. It is then that she can be trusted with ministry because the ministry has not become her life. Instead, it will be performed in gratitude and humility because Jesus has become her life.”

    My personality is to dig in and get busy, but I am attempting to listen and only do my divine assignments.

    • Diana, so glad God is speaking to you through this. It’s such a common issue for many people. Praying that your time with Jesus fills you up…and you know exactly what he wants you to do.