A couple of months ago I began a Bible study on the topic of our service to God. Numerous times I have planned to blog about my studies, but many Scriptures pertain to service, and I haven't been sure where to begin or how to organize my thoughts. I am using a concordance, and I just started with the first entry and am reading/studying one or more verses each day. I am also reading the entire chapter or section that surrounds each verse to make sure I understand the verse. After several weeks of reading about service in the Bible, I am beginning to see some sort of way to organize these verses by subtopic. Some of these topics include serving God, serving others, and who/what not to serve.
My plan is to periodically share some thoughts and lessons learned about living a life of service to God. As I have written before, I like to blog about my life, my family, our activities, my hobbies and various other things that have merit, but are not the most important thing. The most important thing to me as a Christian is living a life pleasing to the Lord.
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's 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.
Cumbered and careful in this passage mean to be distracted by things of secondary importance. I am guilty of being cumbered about much service on a daily basis! However, Jesus told Martha that only one thing was needed! I pray that I may earnestly seek that one thing. Every day. Time spent reading God's Word and praying to him cannot be skipped or replaced by important things. My prayer and my goal is to choose the one thing that is needed, and to be less distracted by daily life. I also pray that as I strive to serve God in all aspects of my life, the fruit of the Spirit will become more evident.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.