As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister Mary sat on the floor, listening to Jesus as he talked.

But Martha was the jittery type, and was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing.

She came to Jesus and said, "Sir, doesn't it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me."

But the Lord said to her, "Martha, dear friend, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it - and I won't take it away from her!" Luke 10: 38-42 (TLB)

You must love God with all your heart, soul, and might. Deuteronomy 6: 5 (TLB)

Tomas Adao Calomba is from Luanda, Angola. Sometimes Tomas doesn't feel like going to worship services. His most frequent excuse is that he did not prepare the right clothes. But then a friend ashed him, "Would you use the same excuse if you didn't feel like going to work?" When it comes to his job, Tomas does everything in his power to find the right clothing and avoid being absent. His friend's question made him pause. So on the next worship day Tomas got ready and went to the service.

In Luke chapter 10, Mary took time away from her daily chores to listen to God. It seems to Tomas that we can often be willing to make sacrifices to please ourselves and others. But our love for God should always bring us back to the altar because God first loved us. (see 1 John 4: 19) .

Worshiping God is an act of perseverance and gratitude for what God does in our lives. As the psalmist says, "He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand" (Ps. 121: 4-5).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to adore you untiringly and faithfully as we pray the prayer you taught us, "Out Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil" (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.

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