25th October 2012

Drop the boxes

God's people are always on mission: we hear lots about mission, talk about mission, plan mission, and rightly so – we are called on God's mission. But amid our very gospel- and mission-orientated works of service, I am learning the importance of finding rest in God. We are God's ambassadors to the ends of the earth and this is a great thing to be a part of. It's so important however, to gain a healthy balance between these two things: 'mission for Him' and 'rest in Him'.

John Piper describes it like this: "Mission exists, because worship doesn't." In other words, the purpose of mission is to establish a community of believers, one in spirit, in relationship with the Father. Often we forget that 'mission for Him' is dependent on and leading ultimately to our 'rest in Him'.

When we look at the story of Mary and Martha in Luke's Gospel, we can see that despite Martha being the one to invite Jesus into her home, she didn't benefit from spending any time with him when he was there. She spent too much time in the kitchen and not enough time at Jesus' feet.

Often, we too can pre-occupy ourselves with so many tasks, that we forget the primary purpose of Jesus' sacrifice. We can carry lots of good boxes - Bible-reading, praying, serving, evangelism, etc - but sometimes we need to lay these aside and come back to our first love. We are called first to do what Mary did, to sit at Jesus' feet, listen to his voice, and worship him.

Reading: Luke 10:38-42
Question: How can you make sure you are resting in Him?

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