Are you Mary or Martha?

Luke 10:38-42 NIV As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

What a terrific story.

This story takes place day in and day out, doesn’t it? We all have a sister, friend, or co-worker who is constantly on the move. Or perhaps you resemble Martha. She doesn’t just flutter about, she literally plows from one place to the next. She sees every duty as her duty. If not, she sees it as her responsibility to make sure you know your duty. She has to be involved in every aspect of every decision. She works hard to the point of exhaustion, and then often complains about how much she has done. While she likes the credit for what she has accomplished, she also wants to point out what others have not done. So was Martha.

Martha tried to impress the Lord with her “works”. She wanted everything to be perfect: the house, the meal, the preparations. It frustrated her that while she worked, her sister sat and talked with Jesus. The more she thought about it and watched Mary, the more upset she became. Finally, she actually went to her guest to complain.

What did Jesus tell Martha? He told her that she had herself worked up and anxious for all the wrong reasons. He explained to her that all she need to concern herself with was Him.

Jesus isn’t interested in what all you can “do”. Yes, we are called to be a Light in this world. But the many stresses and activities that we often place at such high importance in our lives, He really isn’t concerned about. He wants you to focus on Him. Turn your full attention Lord. Wait in His presence. Enjoy His companionship.

Choose what is better: time with the Lord.

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3 thoughts on “Are you Mary or Martha?

  1. Luke 10 displays three aspects of the balanced life in Jesus: missional, merciful, and worshipful.


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