Pastor Jonathan Painter
“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' 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.”
We live in a time of Christianity where so much emphasis is put on the work of God. Good churches run bus routes and have solid Sunday School programs, run Jr. Churches, Vacation Bible School, and other needful ministries. The good people of the church throw themselves into the work of God to help the church fulfill these ministries. All this is very good, but one thing is needful.
Christians often find themselves up to their neck in serving the Lord, which is a good thing, but they often forget that one thing that is needful. The one thing that is needful is to take the time to sit at Jesus feet. Taking the time to have a true walk with God. Yes, we read our Bibles, but do we ever take the time while reading our Bibles to allow the Lord to speak to our hearts. Do we spend time in prayer? Do we hide God’s Word in our hearts through memorization? God is watching us do His work, and waiting for us to come sit at His feet.
I do not believe that we are in a powerless age of the church. I refuse to concede that the hearts of today’s man are not as open to the working of the Spirit. The results in our labors are not lacking because of the hardness of the cities where we labor. Our labors are struggling because we are struggling to meet with the Giver of strength and let Him work in our hearts. We labor in the field, but we have not met the Master of the field.
Christians often suffer a burnout in their labors. This burnout will often be a direct result of a hidden truth. A good work was being done, but that which was needful was being neglected. The labor was being invested in the ministries, but the time was not being invested in a meaningful walk with God.
A meaningful walk with God is not to glaze over a chapter to find something to fill out your devotional with. A meaningful walk with God does not entail a 30 second prayer session, or a time of mindlessly reading over a prayer list. A meaningful walk with God is to read the Word of God, not to get through with it, but to get something out of it. A meaningful walk with God is to consciously pray to your God and bring your personal petitions. A meaningful walk with God is to memorize his Word and hide it in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. This is that which is needful.
It is good to run bus routes and to help with the ministries of the church, every Christian should do God’s work. However, we will be so much more effective doing it if we do it with the power of God that we can find from walking with Him!
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Pastor Jonathan Painter
Pastor Painter is the editor of Young Preachers of America as well as the pastor of the Lincoln Baptist Church. Jonathan Painter founded Young Preachers of America in June of 2013 as a ministry of Lincoln Baptist Church. January 1, 2018 he became the Pastor of the Lincoln Baptist Church after serving as an associate pastor for over four years.