Devotion is an indicator that shows us what exactly has our hearts. Devotion is the feeling of strong or fervent affection. We shouldn’t mistake doing God’s work for our devotion to Him, but rather let our devotion to God be the reason for doing His Work. Simple way of explaining how worship (devotion) and work should be looked at.
Here’s a passage from the Gospel of Luke that speaks of worship and work:
Mary and Martha Worship and Serve
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42).
Why would Jesus say, ” Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her?” Is there anything wrong with trying to give the guest the best you can? It wouldn’t seem like a bad thing right? We would even try to justify Martha’s little complaint.
The above is clear depiction of a servant trying to give her master the best she can but for some reason Jesus tells her that her sister had chosen the good part. Being told those words in that scenario would make us wonder and think. Which good part? What does he mean? What is that one thing which is needed? Does he not see me doing the best I can for him?
Jesus obviously knew Martha’s heart. Martha was troubled, worried and distracted in her serving. The very work she was doing made her miss something her sister,Mary,had a grip of. Our service to God can never replace our relationship with Him. There’s nothing wrong with doing the best for our Lord but doing the best without Him is eternally futile. We all need Him in our hearts.
We cannot serve who we do not know. It is actually a common thing for us to wake up every morning and quickly dash off to our various work places without spending time with the Lord. Martha perhaps forgot that she had actually invited the Word and had Him as her guest.
Mary on the other hand,was focused on listening to His Word with her heart.
Remember what Jesus told the young rich ruler in Mark chapter 10. “And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him,“One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 10:20-21).
Even though he said he kept the commandments from his youth, Jesus said he lacked one thing and his attachment to his riches was what captured his heart. He left sad because he had many great possessions that he wasn’t ready to give up.
Let us open our hearts to God’s Word today. Let us get to know Him. He should be our first priority.