“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
If there is one thing that drives us almost insane, that we cannot stand, one thing that makes us uncomfortable it’s… silence, stillness.
Psalm 37:7, we are told, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.”
In Psalm 46:10, we are told, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
We don’t like to be still and silent, and it’s not a modern problem, although I suspect that technology has not helped us any. Look at Martha and Mary, Jesus comes to their home. Mary is content to be still and silent, to be with the Lord. Martha can’t do that, she is busy and becomes “distracted and upset at many things.” So it is with us, Jesus is in the midst of our life, but we become distracted and upset at many things. We live in a Martha World it’s so busy, our lives are so full, but the truth is we like it that way. Because a busy life makes us feel important, valuable, and it gives us a sense of worth. For many of us Jesus is not enough, we feel we need something more than Jesus to validate our lives – we need a busy schedule. We fall into the trap of believing that if we are busy, then we are important, because we are needed.
Mary and Martha both loved Jesus very much, but Martha didn’t realize that in her desire to serve Jesus, she was actually neglecting him. She was so busy at doing things for Him that she had no time to spend with him. Like Mary and Martha our encounter with Jesus is all about Choices, the physical and the spiritual.
THE PHYSICAL CHOICE
This is the choice Martha made. You see custom in her day demanded a meal for a guest, so she set herself about the task of preparing one. Yet Jesus was not looking for someone to feed Him, but for someone whom He could feed.
THE SPIRITUAL CHOICE
This is the choice Mary made. In the eyes of some, she could be criticized because she chose not to bring out the china and the potato casserole. But she wasn’t being lazy, she just made a choice to be with Jesus. What will be your choice? No one else is responsible and no one can steal that decision from us. So, the lesson we so desperately need to learn is that what we do with Jesus is far more important that what we do for Jesus. It’s all about the choice, Mary is mentioned three times in the Gospels and each time she is at the feet of Jesus. We need to Divert Daily, Withdraw Weekly, and Abandon Annually
When was the last time that the presence of God made you forget what was going on around you? Whose feet are you planning your schedule around yours or the Saviors?