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.”
Life is filled with choices. Some choices are between good and bad. Those are the easy ones. But some choices are between good and better, or better and best. Those are the hard ones.
Mary and Martha were two sisters who loved Jesus. Both aimed to serve Him. Martha’s service took an active form. She focused on preparing a meal for Jesus and His disciples. Mary’s service took a more passive, reflective form. She “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” After a while, Martha felt like all the heavy lifting had been left for her. She questioned the Lord’s care and told Him to instruct Mary to help her. You can read Jesus’ response in the passage above. Martha’s service was good, but Mary chose what was better.
What about you? Are your priorities in perspective? Is your service to the Lord becoming a distraction to your worship of the Lord? Are you worried and upset about many things? Are you busy with many things when a “few things are needed—or indeed only one”? Are you choosing the better? The best? Those things that cannot be taken away?
Father, give me insight and perspective as I think through the ways I serve You. Don’t let me use this passage to rationalize a weak commitment. Don’t let me be so busy that I become distracted. Help me choose the best to honor You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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