Luke 10:38-42 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.”
This story of Mary and Martha is one of my absolute favorites, and I find myself needing to go back to it often. I did a fun post about it two years ago when I started this blog. If you find yourself worried or upset about the details of your life, I encourage you to check it out here.
This week, I actually feel like Chef Martha in my blog kitchen, reading and researching and scribbling frantically to come up with a tasty and God-honoring post for my friends. Martha was getting a little upset at Jesus for not telling Mary to help her, and I (okay, honest confessions…) was getting a little upset that Jesus wasn’t helping me by at least giving me a little hint—on MY time schedule, of course—about what to prepare for this week’s post.
Isn’t it crazy how we Christians can work ourselves into a tizzy, thinking we’re really working hard to “serve Jesus,” and we come to our breaking point only to hear Him say, “Mary has chosen what is better.”
Actually, before I hear Him remind me that Mary’s diligence in sitting at His feet is better, I usually hear Him ask, “Is that ministry (AKA, that 4th volunteer position at church, or that decision to organize that event, or that insisting on helping that person, or that whatever burden you decided to carry on your own) something I asked you to do?”
And the answer is usually NO.
The brutally honest answer is usually something more like, “No, Lord. I’m doing it cuz I wanted those people to like me.” Or, “No. I’m doing it cuz I don’t want them to think I’m a lazy Christian.”
In this story, He reminded Martha—and He reminds us—that communion with Him, and coming near to Him is the one thing that will never put us in a worry-filled, stressed out, losing situation. And once we’ve come near to Him, we’ll be in a much better place to serve the ones He calls us to serve.
We desperately want to be like Mary and choose what is better. Please help us to say “yes” to time with You first, so we can be more wise and courageous about what to say “no” to. We trust You with our hearts, and we pray we’ll become better at trusting You with our schedules. Amen.