While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. Luke 10:38
So go with me for a little bit if you will, what if you knew Jesus was coming to your house, He was going to come in and perhaps have a meal with you, so all day or maybe all week you scurried around cleaning and prepping everything for that day when Jesus arrived at your house.
Everything was put in order, not a speck of dust in sight,the floor so shiny clean that you could have ate off it, and the food was prepared with the utmost care. It was seldom you had guests so you really outdid yourself on this one.
Then the moment came, Jesus entered their village and then came into their House, entering through the front door, greeted by you and your sister. Now you and your sister get along great most of the time, I mean y’all live in the same house so you should see eye to eye on most things, but every once in awhile there are things that she does that irk you a little.
So Jesus comes in and immediately you both scurry around to make sure the Honored Guest is made comfortable, of course the food is cooking but you need to make sure every thing is just perfect. And while you are scurrying around trying to perfect Everything, your sister sits at Jesus feet, worshiping Him and learning from Him.
She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. Luke 10:39
Finally, you have to say something because Jesus doesn’t like lazy people, like there’s even scripture to back that one up. But when you say something about her not helping you, Jesus lovingly says that sister Mary has chosen and is doing the right thing. Whoa, (Mic Drop🎤moment), here you thought you were doing the right thing and Jesus tells you, that your sister has/is doing the right thing.
The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
My dear friends please hear my heart in this, but how often are we the “Martha” in the situations we face in our day to day lives? Too busy with a mile long to-do list, too staunch with a “non flexible” schedule, or too caught up in just “things” that may be good, but not necessary in building the Kingdom of Heaven?
To-do lists, schedules and those “things” have their time and place…
But what about the hurting Brother or Sister sitting next to you in the pew on Sunday morning, is your Sunday lunch or afternoon nap so important that you don’t have time to listen, let them know you care, perhaps praying with them or speaking life into them?
What about the young mother that looks weary, would you take time to speak life and blessing to her, letting her know you care. Remember she is teaching the next generation and it’s no easy task.
Or how about the young soul that recently gave their heart to the Lord? They have so many questions because now everything is so very different, would you take the time to bless them and let them know you are praying for them?
In a Martha world, May I challenge you to be a Mary, taking the time for the ones around you. Whether it be in the grocery store, your place of worship on Sunday mornings, your work place, or just in your day to day life. Are you willing to take the time to sit, listen and then speak as God directs you?
May we be true instruments of Grace and Love to each Soul around us ❤