Service and Reflection (Luke 10:38-42)

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:38-42)

Learn it:

Martha is a hard worker and always wants to do her best.  When Jesus came to her house, she wanted to make sure everything was perfect, and she cooked the best meal for him.  These are good intentions, but they go wrong when she begins to judge the actions of her sister Mary.  Mary is just sitting there listening and learning from Jesus.   Martha is shocked and wants Jesus to agree with her that Mary should be in the kitchen working with her.  Jesus does not side with Martha. 

Jesus tells Martha that she is worrying to much and right now, she needs to be focused on Him.  He is teaching them that there is a time to serve but there are also times to sit and reflect.  Sometimes work needs to stay unfinished.  We do not know how Martha received this news, but I am sure she may have been a little flustered, but I am sure she listened to Jesus.  We know this because these sisters show up in the Gospel of John as well. 

Live it:

            The lesson we learn from this little passage is one that goes against our cultural norms for most people.  We like to get things done and people who stay busy, accomplish a lot are given a lot of praise.  People who are “lazy” and “sit around” are looked down upon.  We have to be careful that we do not make our judgments about other people too quickly.  Martha thought Mary was just being lazy but really, she was at work building a relationship with Jesus.  Sometimes slowing our life down to focus more on Jesus is what we need. 


Now, if we are slowing our life down to watch more TV, then yeah that is not beneficial.  I’m talking about spending more time in prayer, more time meditating on the Bible.  When we spend time with God, we cannot just read a chapter one time through, say a quick prayer and move on.  Read the passage four or five times.  Soak it in and let the words wash over you.  Pray over the passage to God and thank Him for all he has done.  More often than not, that is the most important thing you can do in your day.    

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