Focused on Serving God: July 21 Lectionary Preview

May 24, 2019 by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Editor’s note: Each month, the Presbyterian Foundation asks a PC(USA) teaching elder to provide a lectionary preview for the coming month. The July preview is provided by Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development at the Presbyterian Foundation. He penned an overview for July, which you can read here. Below is a deeper look at July 21’s lectionary, which centers on Luke 10:38-42. You can read previous entries for July 7 here, and July 14 here.

Listen! Learn!

May be two more words we need to add to our own memoirs after Preach! Walk! And Love! Martha and Mary both provide hospitality for Jesus in their home, but in different ways. Martha provides acts of hospitality with her hands and feet and Mary listens with her ears and mind. Both are discipleship qualities, but without taking the time to listen and learn, our actions may be misdirected.

In the philanthropic world today, listening and learning is critical. Not only do we need to be able to share a case for support, we must be able to listen and learn why what others are saying and what they are doing matters.

Momentum or the status quo, what we have always done or are doing, often drives our action instead of taking time to focus on where God is calling us now. In other words, just being busy or even “troubled by many things” does not mean we are being faithful. Living the “good share” starts with finding focus by listening to where God is calling us next.

Many say and I have found true, money follows mission. I would go even farther, “The money only matters if there is a mission that matters.” Maybe it’s time to refocus who guides how you use your money? Thanks to Mary in Luke 10, I’m certainly asking that question.

Where are you focused? Is it time to refocus?