The Danger of Service (Day Fifteen Luke 10:40)

But Martha was distracted with all the preparations she had to make, so she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work alone? Tell her to help me.” (Luke 10:40 NET)

Read the words of Charles Spurgeon below on the text above…

Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. “I serve,” should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had “much serving.” We cannot do too much. Let us do all that we possibly can; let head, and heart, and hands, be engaged in the Master’s service. It was no fault of hers that she was busy preparing a feast for the Master. Happy Martha, to have an opportunity of entertaining so blessed a guest; and happy, too, to have the spirit to throw her whole soul so heartily into the engagement. Her fault was that she grew “cumbered with much serving,” so that she forgot Him, and only remembered the service. She allowed service to override communion, and so presented one duty stained with the blood of another. We ought to be Martha and Mary in one: we should do much service, and have much communion at the same time. For this we need great grace. It is easier to serve than to commune. Joshua never grew weary in fighting with the Amalekites; but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands. The more spiritual the exercise, the sooner we tire in it. The choicest fruits are the hardest to rear: the most heavenly graces are the most difficult to cultivate. Beloved, while we do not neglect external things, which are good enough in themselves, we ought also to see to it that we enjoy living, personal fellowship with Jesus. See to it that sitting at the Saviour’s feet is not neglected, even though it be under the specious pretext of doing Him service. The first thing for our soul’s health, the first thing for His glory, and the first thing for our own usefulness, is to keep ourselves in perpetual communion with the Lord Jesus, and to see that the vital spirituality of our religion is maintained over and above everything else in the world.[1]


[1]C. H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening Daily Readings, Accordance electronic ed. (Altamonte Springs: OakTree Software, 1999), n.p.

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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One Response to The Danger of Service (Day Fifteen Luke 10:40)

  1. Royce Hart says:

    Hi Pastor – I came back to revisit this passage. A couple of days ago, I heard a radio DJ from AirOne reflect what you said about secular work being an act of ministry – when it’s done for the glory of God. It was good to hear it again. He said that no matter whether you’re ordering groceries for the supermarket or putting letters into mail slots, etc., when you do it to glorify God, you’re doing something to bring order out of chaos – something that helps build up the Kingdom. This passage makes it pretty clear that Jesus wants to be in the middle of it all – whether we’re working or resting.

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