Now, as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42
Martha was responsible for the comfort and hospitality of the home. Mary, who is sometimes thought of as the more sensitive of the two, likely helped her sister out at first, but once Jesus arrived, things changed. He viewed the occasion as a time to teach—and teach he did! Unlike the religious leaders of the day, Jesus respected women and readily taught them about God's Kingdom. Thrilled at this opportunity, Mary sat at his feet and took in every word. Can you imagine the tension rising within Martha's heart? With all the dishes she had to prepare and the duties she had to carry out for her guests, she became more anxious and distracted.
Jesus saw that Martha's motives were loving and pure. Martha's meal was not the issue here; instead, it was her priority. But, unfortunately, she was so focused on what she had to do, she forgot about the unique opportunity to deepen her faith. To have a meaningful relationship with someone requires spending quality time with that person.
Do you need to Slow down and model Mary?
Spend some time with Jesus and open your heart to listen. Experience the joy of being in His presence.