The demand of the world never seems to stop begging. It’s like one thing is marked off of the list while several more take it’s place. The world is getting faster, and busier and needs to be more entertained.
The words of my wife come to mind tonight of what God has been speaking to her. The Bible gives us a great story with Jesus and two ladies that he deeply cared about. Mary and Martha.
Martha was concerned with the doing, and Mary was concerned with being. Jesus tries to let us know that there is always going to be more that needs to be done, and the list will continue to grow, but the thing about life is that we are here to be with one another, and to be with Jesus.
It is so difficult to stop, to rest, and to trust in Christ for the work that awaits our attention, but thank God that we will never be able to do enough. What He deserves is something much more that what we can ever achieve on our own, but He does tell us the one thing He is pleased with that we can achieve and that is simply “to abide in him” To stay with him. To be with him. To rest in him.
With the balance of work, family, ministry, and whatever else comes to mind, I’m reminded of what Jesus said about what we ought to give. He said, “give to Ceaser what is his, Give to God what is his.”
We are not to be lazy or lack responsibility, but we also can not really find true joy in our work or achievements unless we are found in His presence.
It’s the one thing that settles our hearts. It’s the one thing that is right. It’s the one thing that feels good. We know it is for our good to purchase the time we need to abide in Him. The holy moments of our days. His strength, peace, compassion, joy, rest, and on and on. We don’t find that by doing more, we find it by doing what he’s asked. Abide in Me, come to me and I will give you rest, cast your cares upon him.
Jesus, you set aside far more than we will ever know to come spend time with us. Thank you for showing us what true life is. Help us not to run after the world’s demands, but give us the grace to be obedient, responsible, and simply live life at your feet enjoying your presence!