Intimacy is what God is really after. We can busy ourselves with all kinds of things in our effort to please God, but if it doesn’t first begin with a meaningful personal interaction with Him, all our serving can end up in vain. While Martha busied herself with serving Jesus, Mary sat at His feet. When Martha complained, Jesus said, “…you are worried about so many things; but only one thing is necessary…Mary has chosen the good part” (Luke 10:41-42).
The woman at the well questioned where people ought to worship—Samaria or Jerusalem. Jesus got right to the point: “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers” (John 4:23). What does it mean to worship God this way? He asks us to pursue relationship by being what He wants, not simply by doing stuff. Genuine worship begins with getting our priorities straight.