Recently I’ve been challenged to reflect on whether I fit my life around God or God around my life. It’s been a busy few weeks so I havn’t had a chance to make a really well thought out post in a long while and this week at church the message really struck me.
James spoke on Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). James suggested that the core of discipleship, following Jesus, is to sit and listen to him in obedience. Sometimes, we can busy ourselves doing things that we think are what God wants us to do, but really aren’t.
Mary honestly thought she was doing the right thing, by being hospitable, but the passage says she was too hospitable. Martha did the right thing by stopping and sitting and listening in obedience. As we sung our final song, I felt like I could sing the lyrics from my heart and thought I’d share them with you:
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never-ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
Tonight, I have been faced with the need to just stop the business of life and sit in peace with God, and meditate on his word.