#MaryorMarthawho are you
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Mary and Martha both loved Jesus. On this occasion, they were both serving him. But Martha thought Mary’s style of serving was inferior to hers. She didn’t realize that in her desire to serve, she was actually neglecting her guest. Are you so busy doing things for Jesus that you’re not spending any time with him? Don’t let your service become self-serving. Jesus did not blame Martha for being concerned about household chores. He was only asking her to set priorities. Service to Christ can degenerate into mere busywork that is totally devoid of devotion to God. (Life Application Study Bible)
Verse 42 one thing . . . good portion.Jesus was not speaking of the number of dishes to be served. The one thing necessary was exemplified by Mary, i.e, an attitude of worship and meditation, listening with an open mind and heart to Jesus’ words. (John Mcarthur)
Pay careful to Jesus’s words, in verse 42. What is your take on these comments? Which of the two are you, Mary of Martha?
Again I am amazed at the revelation of this scripture. Like I said our Pastor is emphasizing the time spent in the Bible, the Word of God. So this is very relevant to me right now. Consider our days, I was complaining to my Bible Study group on Wednesday, that our business and daily activity steals our joy and peace. Dealing with people that give you the run around to caress their feeling of self-accomplishment. Thinking they are stroking their egos. You know what I am talking about? People that speak but say nothing. I have made the same mistakes in the past. Been busy all my life we need to guard against it.
These words by Dr Rodney Howard Brown ring in my mind, Holy Humble and Pure, what words to live by.
So let’s consider what Jesus is saying. We need to be quiet before Him. Be in his presence, not rushed or distracted, focused on Him, Jesus. The commentator even says that we can get so busy with Church work that we forget to spend time with God. In short, we need to spend time with God. Quality time.
“Lord, I pray you give me the presence of mind to spend time with You. Amen.”