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.
Lately, I find myself pursuing a lot of things: coaching, writing, teaching, speaking, and, of course, mom life (shuttling two beautiful girls around between two different schools and activities). Anyone else wearing multiple hats? It's always a blessing but it can also be distracting! The busyness of our day to day can often cloud our ability to see the opportunities to deepen our faith.
Have you ever hosted friends and family for Thanksgiving and made the meal by yourself? If you have, you know the planning, shopping, housework, cooking, baking, table-setting, and worrying that can go into making a holiday meal perfect for your guests. That’s a lot of responsibility and a lot of work! Now, imagine if the Guest of Honor at your Thanksgiving table this year was Jesus Himself. Imagine the pressure you may feel! Martha surely felt that pressure when she took on the responsibility of preparing the home and the meal for Jesus, her Lord, and Savior. Imagine how she must have felt upon finding Mary sitting, listening to Jesus teach instead of helping her. As the evening went on and Martha continued to work and fret alone, this frustration must have built up until she asked Jesus to tell Mary to get up from the floor where she had been sitting, listening to Him, and help her prepare for the meal. She was so focused on what she had to do, she forgot about the unique opportunity to deepen her faith. While Jesus knew Mary’s intentions were good--just like ours are when we get carried away in perfecting an important task--he denied Martha her request and allowed Mary to stay where she was: sitting, listening, and learning.
I feel I resemble Martha more than Mary in the above passage, but this past week I felt God whispering to me, "Slow down and model Mary." I was reminded that in order to have a meaningful relationship with someone it requires spending quality time with that person. Jesus Christ lives in us and wants us to know and invest in Him. By slowing down, talking with Him daily, and spending time in His Word, we can know the promise of eternal life and experience the joy of knowing God here on earth. However good and righteous our work may be (caring for our children, planning and preparing for the holidays, being industrious and successful at our jobs), we can’t allow our tasks to get in the way of the ultimate Reason for it all: knowing Jesus so we can spread His Word.