November Newsletter

serving God more than you've been seeking God?
 
If so, this blog may explain some things. There are times in our lives that we get so wrapped up in serving Him and we forget that we are supposed to be seeking Him. When that happens our lives are out of balance. We feel tired, insecure, hopeless and it shows!
I have a very important question for you today. Have you been 
I have a very important question for you today. Have you been serving God more than you've been seeking God?
 
If so, this blog may explain some things. There are times in our lives that we get so wrapped up in serving Him and we forget that we are supposed to be seeking Him. When that happens our lives are out of balance. We feel tired, insecure, hopeless and it shows!
 
Think about the story of Mary and Martha...
 
Luke 10:38-42
38Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.
39And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord's feet and was listening to His teaching.
40But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
42There is need of only one or but [i]a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [[j]that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.
 
Martha was busy serving God. In fact, the Amplified version says she was overly occupied and too busy (A place I can honestly say I find myself a lot). And you can tell that things have gotten out of whack because in the middle of Jesus and Mary's conversation she interrupts saying, ' Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!' SMH version, "Lord can't you see how much work I am doing FOR YOU trying to get everything just right and SHE is not even helping one bit...don't you even care about me that I am doing this all alone.....make her get up and help me!!"
 
Can't you hear the emotions pouring out of her? I have found in my life that when I get out of balance by spending more time serving Him then I do seeking Him, I start to sound a lot like Martha.
 
Remember Deuteronomy 4:29 does not say, "But you shall SERVE the Lord your God, you will find Him if you truly SERVE Him with all your heart and soul and life." NO it says, You shall SEEK the Lord your God and you will find Him if you SEEK Him with all your heart, soul and life.
 
Matthew didn't say in chapter 6:33 "SERVE first His Kingdom and all of these things will be added unto you". It says, SEEK first His Kingdom......(On a side note I love this verse because it let's also tell us that the SEEKING must come first, before the serving!)
 
David didn't say in Psalm 40:16 "Let all those that SERVE and require You rejoice and be glad in You" He said let all who SEEK rejoice and be glad.
 
And in Psalm 119:2 It does not say "Blessed (happy, fortunate and to be envied) are they who keep His testimonies and SERVE Him." It says that, Blessed (happy, fortunate and to be envied) are those that SEEK Him.
 
Are you starting to get it? We tend to live our lives like SERVING is the answer!! If I just do more, help more, go more....why don't we make this the season that we SEEK MORE! There is a whole 'nother level of your walk with Christ when you move past just being a server and become a SEEKER.
 
Listen, before you start sending me messages about "working for the Lord" and "serving our brothers in Christ" I am not by any means saying there is not a great deal of work involved in advancing the Kingdom. Trust me this journey is not for the lazy or faint-hearted but I just want to bring understanding that there has to be balance. The more you are called to do in the Kingdom, the more you have on your plate, the more SERVING you are doing there has to be THAT MUCH MORE SEEKING! And what might have been enough to get you through last season my not be the same this season.
 
I challenge you to find some time to SEEK His face this month. Set aside some time and learn the secret that David learned when he said in Psalm 63:1, "O God, You are my God, earnestly will I SEEK You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You......"
 
 
Be Blessed,
Pastor Shelisa Hull