Welcome to week 2 of Blooms Bring Rebirth.
Over the last week I introduced this topic and asked this question, "What Needs Rebirth in Your Life?"
I was left with so many intriguing answers. It reminded me so much how we really truly have no idea what someone is dealing with behind those smiles.
This week I chose a prompt that was brought to me, that would lead us into Holy Week; Good Friday and Easter.
This answer just brought me so much joy but also, feelings of how on earth do I even brush on this topic? A topic so broad and overwhelming at times, I feel absolutely unqualified. But I know the Lord is leading here and the timing seems, well....from the Lord.
I've been reading and listening to what God has been showing me and I am settling on the focus of having a Servant's heart this week AND our relationship with Christ.
I want to focus on Martha and Mary this week. Two sisters who loved Jesus and each had their own way of showing it. Martha being the preparer in the family, the can-do woman who wanted to serve Jesus, perfectly. Mary, the one who prioritized sitting at Jesus feet in worship, before serving. Two women, both with the love of Christ in their heart but sometimes one can get ahead of the other.
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
When I think about these sister's I have found myself as a 'Martha'. A typical doer and always wondering if I am doing ENOUGH in my faith. It's a very common place we find ourselves in, in our service to Christ. I want to serve and have that servant heart. Nothing brings me more joy than abiding and listening to the Holy Spirit tell me to serve and who to serve. However, we also must remember Jesus calls us to have relationship with Him, first. We can get so overwhelmed in our service that we forget who we are serving in the first place.
Mark 9:35 - And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
Matthew 20:26-28 - But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
So how do we have that servant's heart?
It starts with our relationship with Christ, first.
This week we will focus on how to prioritize our relationship with Jesus, and listen for the cues He gives us on HOW to serve, WHERE to serve and WHAT would glorify Him through our gifts and talents.
Who is guilty of just serving, serving, serving, but feeling empty and lost, feeling less than fired up? It's quite possible we put serving on the priority list above relationship. I want us to journey this week by making more time for The Word, Jesus and Us in that quiet place and then see where HE leads you to serve.
Serving with a servant's heart also requires us to worship with a servant's heart. It is a quiet place of surrender, oneness in Christ, that is less about doing and more about loving.
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Have a beautiful and transformative Holy Week Friends!