Torn Between Mary and Martha

The stage is set. Jesus was coming to the home of Mary and Martha. I can imagine the thoughts racing through Mary and Martha’s minds (Who will hereafter be referred to as M/M) as I know what races through mine when I hear company’s coming. At first, the Joy of the occasion prevails. People are coming to my home. We are going to be so blessed and have a wonderful time. Then the reality of the situation sinks in, “Company’s coming and I have a bunch of stuff to do to get my home ready!” I’m not sure how M/M felt. Maybe they had time to prepare or maybe they didn’t, nevertheless it did not matter. Jesus was coming to M/M’s House!

One thing we know from Scripture was that when Jesus came to M/M’s Home, He was not alone. Wherever Jesus was there was always people with Him. Many wanted to see what He was all about, while others wanted to know Him intimately. The disciples followed Jesus to assist Him in any way they could. So on behalf of M/M as we southerners say, “They had a house full!” So now that the stage has been set and the characters revealed, the plot is ready to unfold.

M/M’s story is found in Luke 10:38-42, “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” While we could discuss all the ends and outs of this story,  Let’s look at how Martha handles this situation. She is trying so desperately hard to make sure everything is just so. I mean someone has got to prepare the food and make sure everything is ship-shape! However, when she began looking for Mary to “give a gal a hand” she did not find her serving, but resting and learning at the feet of Jesus.  Though she didn’t realize it, Martha was more focused on the performance rather than the pursuit of God. One of the dear ladies in my Bible study brought out a great point on this. Janice said, “the performance is a one time thing. You do it and it is over, but the pursuit of God is something that is ongoing. You continue to do it day after day.”

The Lord told Martha that Mary had chosen the thing that was needed, the good part. Mary chose to focus on Jesus. Often in my life, I run around like sweet Martha. She was a good woman, and I believe she loved Jesus, but she began focusing more everything else rather than to take a breath and sit at the feet of Jesus focusing on Him alone. We need to be able to balance the tasks ahead of us each day, but never forget our first priority is sitting at His feet, and focusing on Him. When this occurs, we will find we can take Jesus with us through the rest of the day, and when life gets out of sorts, He is close beside us guiding us.

If you find yourself torn between Mary and Martha, follow the words of Jesus, and choose to sit and let Him teach you. You will have chosen the “good part”.

Until next time, Blessings to You!

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