July 21, 2019: The Good Portion
Text for Sunday, July 21, 2019:
PReparation for worship
“To concentrate on service and activity for God may often actively thwart our attaining of the true goal, God Himself. At first sight, it seems heroic to fling our lives away in the service of God and of our fellows. We feel it is bound to mean more to Him than our experience of Him. Service seems so unselfish, whereas concentrating on our walk with God seems selfish and self-centered. But it is the very reverse. The things that God is most concerned about are our coldness of heart towards Himself and our proud, unbroken natures. Christian service of itself can, and so often does, leave our self-centered nature untouched.”
–Roy & Revel Hession
Prayer born of frustration is my sweetest prayer—especially when my frustration is “righteously” directed at someone I love, who is not doing what I want them to do.
Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. Martha passionately served the Lord. Martha became distracted and overwhelmed and blamed Jesus for not noticing her sister’s laziness.
Comparing our place and state with another’s often leads to pride, despair, and anger.