“… But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made …”
luke 10: 40
This verse has just gotten my thoughts ping – ponging.
I have written about distractions that come with social media and phones (see here).
However, this for me is different.
This distraction is one of service – Service to the Master.
Just like Martha, I know I would have been cleaning, cooking and serving.
It seems like the most logical thing to do. Doesn’t it?
Martha was being totally hospitable. That’s the most practical thing for a host to do.
I’m wondering how Mary felt to have such an important visitor and yet sat and did ‘nothing’. Especially in those days when women were not expected to participate in ministry.
Why was she interested in listening to the Master?
She wasn’t going to be ordained a minister by dedicating her time to Jesus…
I gather that Mary and Martha had different approaches to their relationship with Christ.
Martha seemed like the giver. She gave her time, energy and most likely money.
She was willing to deprive herself of rest and companionship with the Master just to ensure that He was comfortable.
She saw the need to “ sort out” things ….
She got busy with activities that pertain to Jesus. So why wasn’t she given the applaud that she deserved?
“ But Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to Him and said,
Lord doth thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?
BID HER THEREFORE THAT SHE HELP ME …” Luke 10:40
The last bit got me laughing because I could easily have been Martha.
I see myself making the exact same compliant. ..lol
Although what Martha was doing was sacrificial and although she probably started off with the right motives and intentions, she had taken her eyes off what really mattered. She had taken her focus off Jesus.
“ And Jesus answered and said unto her,
‘ Martha, thou are careful and troubled about many things:
BUT ONE THING IS NEEDFUL:
and Mary has chosen that good part,
which shall not be taken away from her …”
Luke 10: 42.
Mary sat and listened to Jesus.
She was the one that was devoted to Him
( although it didn’t seem that way)
Mary understood what was NEEDFUL.
She wasn’t distracted by the many activities that needed to be done.
She made the Word of God her priority.
As christians, this story reminds us to put our activities into perspectives.
Just like Martha, it is awesome to serve Jesus with the things that we do in church like ushering, ministry material sales, helping to ensure that cars park properly, sorting out technical, teaching at Sunday school, singing in the choir etc..
However, we shouldn’t trade our service for the NEEDFUL which is the Word of God.
We should always remember what the “good part” is and not be distracted by the service.
After all, the essence of service is our relationship with God.
*…Blog picture [one thing] gotten from https://coffeestainsonmybible.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/only-one-thing-is-needful-luke-1038-42/ through google search.