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11th March 2015

Function or relationship?

Greg Simnor

Hi family,

Key thought this week:  "Is our worship to God coming from a place of function or of intimate knowledge of Him?"


38 Now as they were travelling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

In this verse we find an enlightening illustration of one person's worship coming from function and another’s coming from intimate relationship.

Our function - or what we do for God - is to flow from our intimate knowledge of God and not the other way around. When we flow out of function and not relationship, very quickly what we do for Him becomes our purpose and our source of identity - even what we live for, rather than from God Himself.

If we are living from function, from the doing, then we are not building our lives on the true foundation of Christ himself, but on what we do for Him. This will ultimately lead us into dysfunctional place.

Ask yourself today what position you are living your life from. If you find yourself living from what you do for Christ rather than your love for Him, then repent of this, turn to Him and ask Him to change you through the power of His Spirit. 

Please feel free to respond with any thoughts that you have on this passage and the questions in the comments section below.

Have a favoured week,