For those of you who don’t know who Samer Massad is, he is currently the Director of College Ministry at Woodstock City Church, one of the Atlanta area churches of North Point Ministries. His passion is to communicate the life-changing truth of Jesus in an engaging, relevant, and practical way. This morning Samer Challenged NYWC to stop doing ministry for Jesus, but do ministry with Jesus. Below are some statements that jumped out of the room:
"Death by distraction is being pulled in so many different ways that our attention gets shifted to things that aren’t important "
How easy is it for you to be so busy doing work for Jesus that you don’t take time to just BE with Jesus?
In Luke 10 you read about Mary and Martha with Jesus. Mary was siitting, listening and learning from Jesus. Martha was slaving away in the kitchen, working, getting frustrated with Mary and went to Jesus. "Jesus dont you care that Mary isn’t helping?” Martha wanted Mary to help her be hospitable to their guests.
Hospitality in middle eastern culture is EVERYTHING - Martha is following the cultural norm and working hard to make sure everyone is taken care of, that the guests had everything they wanted. The frustration Martha had was very real.
Jesus tells Martha “Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her. Martha, you are being distracted from whats most important, ME!”
"Distraction Dilemma - Even a good thing can distracting you from a better thing”
"Doing for Jesus is not the Same as being with Jesus”
Matthew 11 - Jesus gives you an invitation - Come to me all who are weary and burdened… my yoke is easy but my burden is light.
You need to take on the posture of Mary, sit, listen and learn from the Lord.
Nobody wins when you fail to come to Jesus for rest.
"You can quit ministry tomorrow and Jesus would still want to spend time with you"
Ministry isn't why Jesus loves you… Jesus loves you because he loves YOU