Busy schedules... A myriad of activities... Managing calendars/dancers/events.... Organizing... Projecting... Planning... A few minutes here, a few hours there, then days... weeks... months! Before we know it, we may find out that we only have a "working relationship" with God. Some of us are so busy doing what we call "kingdom business" that we end up re-enacting the Mary and Martha scenario in Luke Chapter 10. Many of us have become so immersed in doing the work that we neglect to worship the One Who makes it all possible.
When Jesus visited Mary and Martha, it is noted that Martha was distracted through much serving. How many times do we neglect to spend time in prayer because we have lengthy dance rehearsals? Are we so exhausted after dancing all weekend that we cannot seem to find the time to read the Bible frequently? Do we only worship when we are before people and neglect to offer the Lord the fruit of our lips privately? If so, we merely have a "professional relationship" with the Lord that does not extend beyond the workplace (the church building or event location).
It is wonderful to do things for the sake of the Kingdom. When we find ourselves making our assignments a priority over true fellowship with our Father, we will begin to be unable to hear from Him clearly, feel exhausted, become negligent, and fall into disobedience. It is time to repent from being ministry "workaholics" and return to our proper posture before God: WORSHIP!
New King James Version
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit