“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it – and I won’t take it away from her” Luke 10:41-42
Why do we let our love and passion for God die down to embers? Perhaps it is easier for many of us to be a Martha rather than a Mary. The story of these two sisters is found in Like 10:38-42, and it has always fascinated me. Those who have known me well will tell you I’m a “doer” by nature; I favor action and accomplishment. I like to get things done.
I think Martha may have thought that way. Let us try to see her point of view. She lived in Bethany, not far from Jerusalem. One day, Jesus came in with all his entourage – disciples and friends – chattering, joking, arguing. With her home filled with guests, Martha fell into the role of hostess, cooking and cleaning. This was the way a first-century woman showed her devotion and no one would have faulted her actions. It is not Martha but Mary, her sister, whose behavior might have been called into question. Mary sat right at Jesus’ feet, where a true disciple would traditionally take a position. Other guests might have used chairs, but a serious disciple sat at the master’s feet.
Martha, busily preparing dinner, did a very human thing. She approached Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” (v40)
To which Jesus replied with words you and I need to hear, and to hear well. “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it – and I won’t take it away from her” (vv. 41-42).
I believe Martha had a good heart but a busy heart. The conflicts and challenges in our lives so easily upset and distract us. They obviously did so to Martha. In no way is Jesus saying that we should neglect everyday responsibilities. But we cannot let those things become distractions.
Your View of God Really Matters…
Being a “doer” is not necessarily a bad thing. We get things done! But doers must never forget the trap we can easily fall into – allowing the tasks (no matter how noble and spiritual) to become more important than spending time with the Savior.
Have duties and responsibilities of your life been weighing you down and stealing your joy? Today, carve out time, even only ten minutes, to sit at the Master’s feet and just hear His voice and feel His love.
Read God’s Word Today…
Matthew 6:33 “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you as well.”
GOD, because You are GOD I will put You first and strive to focus on You throughout the day.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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