Thursday, March 12, 2015

Work and Worship


Colossians 3:17 says, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”  I wrestle with this verse as  with the one in John that tells us that if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit.  What does it mean to abide in Him continually?  What does it mean to do everything whether word or deeds in His name?

This past week I was in long meetings with many wonderful leaders, my fellow brothers and sisters.  Often in our meetings we felt the tension between work and worship, between our longing to DO things that would expand His Kingdom and our desire to BE in His Presence, just gazing into His eyes, where all our agenda falls away.  I heard a few people mention the balance of Work and Worship we need in our lives (and meetings). 


Something about that doesn’t sit right with me.  Is balance really what we need?  Or do we need to learn to integrate, to bring together into one action…work and worship.  Is it worship to lead someone to Christ?  Or dig a well? Is it work to sit at His feet, listening to His guidance and affirmations of love?

I’m convinced in my own life that the integration of this mysterious union is the pathway to fruitfulness.  As the Martha and Mary in me become unified and learn to flow together rather than pull against one another, there God’s anointing will be.

Let’s not try to balance work and worship, but let’s ask for God’s grace to welcome, unify and release both the Martha and the Mary in us.

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