Martha, Martha . . .

Luke Chapter 11 Verses 41 – 42   But the Lord answered and said to her, “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.”          (NASB)

Last night at church our Bible study was about the famous sisters in the Bible, Martha and Mary.   Sometimes we have a little bit of Martha in us.  We are so busy “serving the LORD”, that we forget to stop and just sit at His feet.   We are so consumed with “church work” that we get upset with those who are like Mary.

Let’s take a closer look at the account. . .

. . .Martha welcomed Jesus into her home and she was distracted by all her preparations. Martha was so busy trying to perfect everything that she was probably in a tail spin.  I am sure she was doing many unnecessary things. Have you been there before?  …guilty as charged.

Her sister Mary instead of helping Martha with the preparations was sitting with her company, at the feet of Jesus.  Martha was annoyed that Mary was not helping her, so she complained to Jesus.     I can hear her now, “Jesus, don’t you care about all I am doing for you…Mary is not helping me!   Tell her to help me!”    Good old Martha, bossing everyone around – even her company – THE LORD!

I love the way the LORD addressed her.   He did not beat her down; He did not condemn her; He gently corrected her and told her to follow her sister’s example.  I can just hear the LORD now, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things “Sit at My feet and learn of Me.”   He went right to the heart of the matter reminding her that it is not just about the outward activities – but it is the inward activities as well.

Martha had some good qualities; she was a homeowner who had her brother and her sister living with her; she was giving; she was a cook; a party planner; and under her bossiness were leadership qualities.   But only after sitting at the Master’s feet would she be able to use her talents the way the LORD wanted her to use them.

Sitting at the Master’s feet, resting in HIS presence, actively worshiping the LORD is the difference between lots of activity that may serve a temporary purpose and service which fulfills an eternal purpose.     Are you busy doing “activities” today or have you taken time to sit at the Master’s feet?    We encourage you to sit at HIS feet and Worship HIM today!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary


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