How can I balance time for service and for communion?

How can I balance time for service and for communion?

In a busy world and with the multiplicity of needs among believers and unbelievers, time for communion so often suffers. The initial question of Saul, a new convert, was "What shall I do, Lord?" (Acts 22:10). Servants look to their master for direction in their service (Psalm 123:2). Their duty is defined by his word (Luke 17:7-10). So, while service for the Lord may beckon us to respond to a thousand needs, the only service of value is what the Master directs us to do. If we are too busy to commune with Him, we must be doing service He has not directed us to do. As Saul did directly to the Lord, so we must determine our service through prayer. We may see needs that others are not meeting, but that may not be the service the Lord has for us. We ought to pray about that need. Perhaps the Lord will show us that another believer is uniquely suited to meet that need. We can seek the Lord’s help to know how best to encourage that believer to do the work. Perhaps the Lord will do that Himself, use your word of encouragement, or even use you to do that work temporarily with that other believer who will then continue the work on his own. If serving the Lord leads to anxiety, frustration, worry, or spiritual decline, He did not impose that heavy burden, for he said, "My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:30).

What the Lord gives us to do is our priority (John 21:21 with vv 15-22). He desires us to commune with Him as Mary did and to serve as Martha did - but without being anxious and troubled. (Luke 10:38-42). Maintaining that order, communion and then service, is the key.

D. Oliver