One of the hindrances of true worship is attempting to double up in service to make up for quality time spent in prayer and praise. Sadly, this problem prevails in most churches today. Our sovereign God knows that the opposite—placing worship as our top priority, describes his best for us. He has told us so through the familiar story of two sisters—Mary and
According to the gospels, Jesus visited Mary and Martha’s home on a regular basis. On one occasion, Martha was running around frantically trying to serve everyone while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet hanging on his every word. Finally, Martha became so overwhelmed that she went to Jesus and complained. She asked Jesus to make Mary come and help her, but Jesus’ reply to Martha’s complaint was, “Mary has chosen what is better” (Luke 10:42).
God considers worship seeking him. Mary chose to seek the face of Jesus. To God, the act of seeking him far outweighs non-stop service. The Hebrew word for seek is baqash. It means to search out by any method, specifically in worship and prayer, to strive after, ask, beg, beseech, desire and enquire. Let’s pray for each other that we will strive after our Lord and take time out of every day to sit at his feet and enquire of him.
(Definition found in the Hebrew Dictionary in the Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance, Expanded Edition, James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D., Editor Warren Baker)