Monday, October 23, 2006

Serving Him

As mothers, we have the privilege of serving our families. At times it doesn't feel like a privilege. Tiredness, feelings of overwhelmedness, no thanksgiving from others, can all add to this. However, when we are feeling overburdened, what's probably missing is our Lord.

"It is easier to serve, than to commune. Joshua never grew weary in fighting with the Amalekites; but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands. The more spiritual the exercise, the sooner we tire in it. The choicest fruits are the hardest to grow; the most heavenly graces are the most difficult to cultivate."
~Charles Spurgeon

Much has been said about Mary and Martha. Martha served, Mary stayed at the feet of Jesus. Martha was rebuked, Mary was praised. But why was she rebuked for serving? Isn't it the Christian duty to serve? Although Martha acted like she was doing the hardest work, in a sense, Mary was. Mary had her whole heart centered on Jesus. Isn't that so hard to do? We can get so lost in our serving our family, that we forget who it is we are serving. Spurgeon says, "we ought to be Mary and Martha in one". Let us not forget who we are serving. One surefire way to avoid burnout in serving is to remember that it is all for Him, and Him alone. But we must be continually at His feet, listening, gazing into His face, drinking the Living Word for nourishment, abiding in Him.

We, as mothers, have been given a gift. We do not have to go out and look for opportunities to serve. It is in our own home. It never escapes us. An opportunity is given to us almost on the minute. What a glorious thing. It's up to us to remember that "it is easier to serve than commune." Let us not neglect our Saviour in our serving, so that it may give Him the eternal glory, since that is why we are here in the first place.

"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' " Matthew 25:37

1 comment:

L.L. Barkat said...

It is too bad our churches don't often see how involved we already are in ministry... and encourage us in it (not in a syrupy way, but as a high calling).