Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, July 14th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Busyness
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.'
Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)
America is one of the hardest working nations on earth. Funny thing: most of us think this feat is a great accomplishment. But maybe the one who is laughing the hardest is Satan himself. Because for Christians, working outside of Christ is just busyness.

Consider some lessons from Martha and Mary:

1) The enemy can lay out endless chores for us. When we focus on them, we forget about Him.

2) Martha had become tired and grumpy in her work. Because Jesus wasn't in it, it wore her down.

3) Martha's fatigue prompted jealousy and complaint. Left untreated, these behaviors can turn deadly.

4) In Mary, Jesus revealed good priorities. Spending time in His Word must precede other jobs.

5) When we choose the Good Part, which is Jesus Himself, the other roles we play will flow naturally.

'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28).

Because when we spend quality time with Jesus, our chores and jobs become a collaboration. From His Life we can see, He takes the heavy parts.

## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Busyness (Part 17)

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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