Luke 10:38-42 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.”
So what are you? I’d like to think of myself as a Mary. I know the Scriptures and like to teach them. I love to join the discussions around the table when company is over. I don’t like to cook or take care of minute details in decorating a table or the like.
And yet, I’m afraid I often fall into the Martha role. I take on too much and work for God way more than listen to Him. I am a missionary after all and that means that I should be close to God. Or that’s what everyone thinks. But I find it very easy to get too busy for God and not busy with God.
Martha was doing good things. She invited Jesus into her house—hospitality is a lost art in the North American society. She planned food for the Lord and all that were with him. But she got too focused on the prep and started accusing her sister. I do that too. When I’m busy and someone else is just sitting there, I get “jealous” and want to boss them around and tell them about some job they should do.
Do this, Do that, …. Rather than Be Still, Sit down, Listen, Read, Take notes, Journal, ….
Don’t let your ministry make you a Martha.