In many churches it is believed that after you are born again, you need to become involved in various pursuits, ministries and services. I agree that there will be life flowing from you innermost being the moment you are born again – resulting in a natural desire to reach out to people with the overwhelming love of God. What I don’t agree with is being so busy in ministry and services that you forget about the Source of your faith – Jesus. A verse in Hebrews comes to mind:
“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].” Heb 12:2
By looking to Jesus you will be changed from the inside out (He will bring you to maturity and perfection), and life flowing from your innermost being will be the most natural result. Doing service and being involved in various ministries WITHOUT Jesus as the source will only lead to a life of burn-out and struggle. Jesus said the same thing to Martha, when she complained that Mary was just sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to His teaching:
“But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; there is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Martha is described as overly occupied and too busy being distracted by too much serving (Luke 10:40). Serving and ministry from any other source than Jesus will only lead to dead works. If, however, you sit at Jesus’ feet and continually drink the living water He gives, your life will effortlessly overflow with Godly love. This is the better portion, which SHALL NEVER be taken away from you (Luke 10:42).