Jesus Loved Martha Too

I think I’m more like her than Mary, sometimes. Martha, I mean: In the passage chronicling the two sisters in Luke. Martha was a get ‘er done type, concerned with the house being taken care of and dinner being made. In contrast, Mary was at Jesus’ feet in adoration, soaking Him up.

38 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 few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38 – 42 (NIV) I’d like to be more like Mary. I mean, I spend time with the Lord on a daily basis; but I am always wishing I did have more time. To pray. To sit in silence and hear his voice. To soak up His words. I often find myself worrying about the house not being clean enough. Or what the kids are doing, or not doing. Or, “do I have enough time to cook today?” In this passage in Luke, Jesus told Martha that her sister chose the better thing. To spend time with Him. Not to say that getting things done is not important. The Lord knows how messy our houses are. And that we need to eat, and work and take care of the kids. But He also wants us to rely on Him for the strength to take care of the things that need to be done, and to put Him first in everything. Everyone has different personalities. And each personality has its own flaws. Each of is uniquely made and uniquely loved. Martha was probably more organized and in her rush to get things done, she neglected to spend time with Jesus. In my comparison to her, I’m not saying I’m OCD or the most organized person. Lord knows I wish I were. But when things are not done and I am left to take care of it, I worry. Ideally, I’d just be able to drop everything every moment I needed to take a few minutes or an hour with the Lord and get things done when I had the time. For most of us, we don’t have that time freedom. And the Lord knows that. Does that make Him love us any less? No. Maybe for us, it means we just need to be more concious of how we’re spending any free time we do have. Maybe more disciplined to spend less time on social media. Or to get up a little earlier. Go to bed a little later. Even to forfeit time with friends to go to church or have personal Bible study time instead. All in all, no matter what we do, we can not earn the love God has for us. And we can not earn a place in Heaven, through works. The finished work of the cross earned us eternity with the Lord. He is enough, and His grace is sufficient for our weaknesses.

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