In the midst of busy lives, we can easily be confused between a devoted servant and a distracted servant.
3 Characteristics of A Devoted Servant
1.) A Devoted Servant Pursues God’s Agenda
Everybody has an agenda.
- Jesus’ agenda was to impart.
- Mary’s agenda was to sit and listen.
- Martha’s agenda was to entertain.
The issue was Martha’s agenda was not God’s agenda. She was distracted. She was moving around everything, but not focused on the real thing. Often, we move away from the very thing we should be centered on because of distractions.
“Distractions pull you away from the center and only keep you on the periphery.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
- What are you pursuing?
- What is your agenda?
- Is your agenda hitting the periphery or the bullseye?
Your cell phone and checkbook are great indicators of your agenda.
“Jesus is not looking for entertainment; He’s looking for engagement.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
2.) A Devoted Servant Puts Off Ungodly Anxiety
When there is a focus, there is a grace. Distractions bring anxiety.
The scripture says Martha was anxious and then she approached Jesus. Internal anxiety always manifests externally. Distraction and anxiety like to pull other people in.
Don’t be anxious about anything, but through prayer and supplication let your request be made known, and the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
3.) A Devoted Servant Places Sitting Above Serving
We often mistake pitstop prayers for devotion. When you sit at the master’s feet He’s able to give you everything you need to serve.
Sitters are graced to serve. Sitters are given what they need.
“Sit at His feet, and everything you need will be given to you to serve.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp