Busyness isn’t an option. Worship is.
Busyness comes naturally to most. Worship doesn’t.

What is worship? It’s our purpose. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). So why does it seem so hard? Why do we default to busyness? Because busyness is about us. It’s how we prove our value. It’s how we define ourselves.

Read the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 and let’s look at busyness versus worship through the lens of their interaction with Jesus. Forget that this passage focuses on two women. Busyness isn’t gender-specific. All of us are busy; most of us are crazy busy.

Busyness isn’t gender-specific. All of us are busy; most of us are crazy busy. Click To Tweet

Reading the story, how many of us want to defend Martha? … sympathize with her? How many of us identify with Martha rather than Mary? How many of us think we’re doing the “right” thing, spending all our time serving… caught up in the mindset of “putting others first”?

Question: When was the last time we put God first?

Jesus tells Martha she’s “anxious and troubled about many things” (verse 41). Sound familiar? And what’s the cure for our anxiety and troubles? It’s not busyness. It’s not people-pleasing. According to Jesus, “one thing is necessary”: choosing to spend time with Him. Before anyone or anything else.

What’s the cure for our anxiety and troubles? It’s not busyness. It’s not people-pleasing. Click To Tweet

There will always be needs; there will always be legitimate reasons for our busyness. Martha chose to work. But Mary chose to worship.

Busyness isn’t an option. Worship is.
Worship works. Aim for every Sunday. I dare you.


Does this sound overwhelming to you? Legalistic, even?
Check out this video from my friend, John Wilfong, and hear what he has to say after having chosen to worship in church every single Sunday of 2016. What could your story be a year from now?


If you missed the message on Sunday, you can watch it here… or listen to the podcast here.