Mary + Martha

10 Jul

Some more scribbles in my journal

I found it interesting reading Luke 10:38-42. It’s short but straight to the point.

Jesus was invited to Mary and Martha’s house. Mary was playing the host and frantically trying to get everything sorted through dishes, food and drinks. Basically in the same fashion one would be like before a big family Christmas dinner. As Mary was busying herself, Martha just sat and gazed upon Jesus with extravagant awe and wonder. She knew Jesus was the real deal and did not want to let him leave her sight. Of course, Mary being the busy one, got annoyed at Martha for not helping, yet Jesus gave Mary a reply we didn’t expect.

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Our first natural reaction would be “Well, excuse me Jesus! But someone has to do some work around here!!”

However, Jesus always has a point whether we understand it or not.

How often do we busy ourselves and end up neglecting our spiritual life and relationship with Jesus?

How often do we put tasks, commitments, activities over time with God, worship and Bible reading?

When was the last time you gazed upon Jesus in extravagant awe and wonder?

Jesus was not trying to neglect the need for work and preparation in the daily life but he was letting Mary know that she was neglecting the wrong thing in life. If we had to be either Mary or Martha, Jesus would point us to Martha because she had to focus on Him. As long as we focus on God and His Word, we are in the right place as everything will follow.

Note: Don’t misinterpret this as an excuse to be lazy. We are called to be diligent but diligent Christians too.


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