There is an ongoing struggle in most ministers, trying to
choose between the demands on their time concerning ministry,
family and their devotional life.
A lack of quality time spent with their families, due to
ministry demands, has brought wreckage to many ministries.
This cannot be compromised.
Some struggle for quality time alone with the Lord that their
ministries might become more anointed and effective. Others
take the easier path of constant activity, seeking thru effort
to meet the needs and constant demands on their time by their
The struggle between these two aspects of ministry and spiritual
life is demonstrated in Scripture as the struggle of Martha
The activity of Martha in serving, contrasted to the meditation
of Mary at the feet of Jesus has provoked many to choose one
or the other as a pattern for their life or ministry. Yet,
these were sisters, related to each other and living in the
same household. They cannot be separated.
Martha criticized Mary for sitting at the feet of Jesus and
not helping her serve. Jesus did not tell Martha to stop serving,
but said that Mary was not to be criticized as she had chosen
the more important function. That of devotion at the feet
Martha and Mary each have a part to play in our ministry.
Our works and our devotional time are related. Those who spend
time in the presence of the Lord can testify that the work
which must be done will be accomplished much more effectively
after they have come out from His presence.
Let each sister have her rightful place in your ministry,
spend time with both. Jesus will travel far to come into your
"house" for a visit. Then, allow Martha to serve
Him, but be sure that Mary is given time to sit at His feet.
Again, I pray that this issue of the Banner will be a blessing
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May our Lord richly bless you,
Wade E Taylor