38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha, Mary and Lazarus were good friends of Jesus, and Martha opened her home to Jesus as it is written. I believe from this passage that Martha had the gift of hospitality, and also cared about being well prepared for her Guest. We can easily overlook the fact that Martha was busy in serving Jesus by having much to do in preparation. She cared in what she was doing. Meanwhile, Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him.
We then see Martha express some frustration by commenting to Jesus as to why Mary was not assisting her. Notice this was directed at Jesus, and not to Mary.
Martha’s frustration is typical of those who diligently serve with good intent, but forget to also sit at Jesus’ feet. The Martha spirit says, if the work is done, is not that all? The Mary spirit asks whether Jesus is well pleased or not?
This important passage reminds me, that God loves us “doing”, but also loves us “being” . . . being in His presence, and enjoying an intimacy with Him. The stopping and being with Him, then empowers us more in the doing.
Father, thank you that as our loving God, You desire so much for me to stop and sit at your feet, to be “still and know that You are God”. Amen
Written by Steve Fell