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Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.

But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38‭-‬42 NASB

We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

Hebrews 10:25 GW

And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 NRSV

Americans are obsessed with doing things.

We’re a nation of workaholics and drug addicts.

We’re always on the go or staring at a screen.

We have trouble sitting still and doing nothing.

We’re always asking what’s next before we’ve even completed the task at hand.

This predisposition to action and entertainment is our Achilles’ heel.

It keeps us busy.

And when you’re busy, you can’t stop and think.

God’s infinitely more concerned about who we are as opposed to what we do.

For you see, who you are influences what you do.

If you’re criminally minded, you’re going to commit crimes.

If you’re motivated by the love of God and neighbor, you’re going to do loving things.

There is only one thing necessary.

One action that precedes all other action.

Listen to the Word of the Lord.

God speaks.

We need an ear to hear to listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

The Church is a living organism.

It has one mind.

The mind of Christ.

If messages aren’t being received from the mind, paralysis and numbness set in.

Legalistic religion based on rules replaces the vibrant life of faith expressing itself through love.

All that activity hides the fact that it’s dead inside.

Things are the same as they always have been.

There’s nothing new under the sun.

People will try to game the system by abusing the rules to their own selfish aim.

It’s like cancer.

Consuming the resources of the body, but only causing malignant growth.

Growth for growth’s sake is a recipe for stagnation and the abuse of power.

Growth based on maturing disciples, sending them out and evangelizing the lost will bring eternal rewards and fresh fire.

How do we make disciples?

First, you need to seek out and save the lost.

Then, you edify and equip them to live the life of faith.

Finally, when they mature, you send them out to start new faith communities in unreached areas.

All the while, the one important thing is to stay close to Jesus.

He does the work.

We just trust and obey.

It’s easy.

Dying to yourself, that’s the hard part.

May God give you grace to walk in His ways today and every day.

In Jesus’ Name, I pray.

Amen and amen.

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