Mary or Martha?


In Luke 10:38-42 we read, “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.”

Our spiritual life is often like Martha’s.  We get caught up with the latest church growth programme, outreach strategy, or “the class of all classes.”  All of which is at times at the expense of our quiet contemplation of the principles and teachings which underlie them. We get ourselves fussed over the appearance or feeling that we are “doing something,” rather than growing.

Jesus said, ” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).” I am not saying we should not have programmes and projects, but that we should not make them an end in and of themselves.  Mary understood this.  She focused on the core of Jesus’ words, and in so doing “chose what is better.”

Let us each approach today in seeking God’s message in our lives.  If that leads us to go and do more, wonderful.  But is it calls on us to take a step back to build our personal relationship with Him, then that is wonderful too.

Be a Mary today, before you enter into a Martha-like rushing about.  Seek His guidance, follow His path. Find and then do what is important, not just do to do.


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