She had a sister named 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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:39-42

When I first became a Christian the story of Mary and Martha confused me. Martha was in the kitchen cooking, being a servant to those in her household, trying to serve Jesus. And Jesus told her not to condemn Mary who did nothing but sit on the floor. So, not fair.

Jesus said Mary chose best. How could sitting lazily on the floor be the best?

When you’re doing it to worship Jesus.

I have always thought, it’s hard to be a Mary in a Martha world. We’ve been raised to take pride in all the things we do. And the Bible encourages us to do all things to the glory of God.

But it doesn’t tell us to do all things.

Does your life feel out of control with all the things you need to do? The solution is simple, although not easy to practice. Spend time with Jesus. It’s only in relationship with Him that we will learn what He wants us to do. Otherwise we end up running ourselves ragged doing things we don’t need to do.

There’s a time and place to sit around and worship Jesus. The place is wherever you are and the time is every day for at least a few minutes.

Dear Lord, thank you that all we need is Your presence. Help us to chose what is best to bring You glory and honor You with our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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