According to StrengthFinders 2.0 (a book and test I highly recommend), among other things, I am an achiever. I need to accomplish a task in order to feel I’ve achieved something. I don’t do well with meetings – how many times is something truly accomplished in a meeting?
It’s a strength. It helps me get things done.
However, if I’m not careful, it can get me into trouble.
The Mary/Martha passage.
“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:42
I hesitate to write about this at all. This passage of scripture in Luke (10:38-42) seems to be preached on, written about and discussed A LOT. There’s a reason though. It’s powerful.
The gist of the story is Martha is preparing a meal for Jesus and His crew. Mary (her sister) is not helping, but hanging out listen to Jesus teach. Martha get’s upset and asks Jesus to reprimand Mary. Jesus response is above.
Christ in the House of Mary and Martha by Johannes Vermeer
When it comes to the will of God, my power is limited. I can pray. I can act as God asks. I can wait. This is exactly what Jesus wants. He wants me sitting at His feet, waiting on Him. He wants me to rely on Him and His power.
He wants the glory.
If I’m not careful, all of my activity (achievements), can take the glory which rightfully belongs to God.
However, when I sit at His feet, I hear his voice. Then I act, I see God in action, and I give Him the glory.
My encouragement for you today – especially you achievers like me…sit and wait at the feet of Jesus. You won’t believe what He will do for you!