Whenever I heard the story about Martha and Mary I always thought I was a Mary, until I lost my job. The Lord has recently showed me that I am a Martha, always busy, I can always find something to do, which isn’t always good because it can take my eyes off of the important things like spending quality time with the Lord.
Luke 10:38-42 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha liked serving and working hard for Jesus, which was good. Her problem was that she became distracted with much serving. She was distracted from Jesus.
Pastor David Guzik writes this, “ There are many people who become crabby and irritable in their service for the Lord like Martha. It is easy to look at all we do and to criticize those who aren’t doing as much. But Martha’s real problem wasn’t Mary; it was Martha. She had become distracted and had taken her eyes off Jesus.”
Us Martha’s like to serve and keep ourselves busy, keep the house cleaned, we can’t leave dirty dishes in the sink at night they have to be done, but it’s not that we want a clean kitchen it is we are possessed with perfectionist. I know this is totally me I love going to bed with a clean kitchen so when I get up in the morning it’s all nice and clean. Which which isn’t in itself bad, but when we let it become a barrier between us and spending time with the Lord, that is when it becomes a problem.
Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus to hear his word, she had learned to wait, and she was able to bring her burdens to the Lord. The Lord said He would not take that from her.
The word of God became a retreat to Mary, it became a refreshing moment, and she took refuge in it. May we learn from Mary and come to Jesus and be refreshed and take refuge in his word that we may hear from Jesus and may it strengthen and comfort us.
So as Christmas is coming up let’s not get caught up into being too busy and put Jesus aside, let’s stop like Mary did and take the time to sit at his feet and hear what he wants to say to us Martha’s.