By Desiree Maes
Martha and Mary
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Every time I read or hear about the story of Mary and Martha I am always convicted. I admit it, I’m a Martha by nature! Always busy, always on the go. I have to make a point of putting on the brakes sometimes so I can just slow down and enjoy the moment. In this world of social media, iPhones, and Pinterest, I feel like the never ending drive to “go, go, go” and “do, do, do” never stops.
When we look at this passage though, our Lord Jesus is telling us something important about life and about us and Him. He is telling us to SLOW DOWN. Stop being so busy. Come sit at His feet. Enter in to His presence. Does this mean He wants us to be lazy? Heavens no! As Christians we are to live a life serving Him. But Jesus did say, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
This is where the super natural comes in: Jesus commands His followers to actually “follow Him.” (Matthew 4:19). This means dying to ourselves every day and living for Him. This means putting others above ourselves, loving the unloved, sharing His truth, raising our children Biblically, conducting ourselves in a way that is glorifying to Him. That’s enough to keep us busy 24 hours a day 7 days a week. That is, if we were to do it on our own. Thanks be to God though, that He has sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us. Thanks be to our loving Father, He gave us His Word to be the lamp to our path so that we may walk with Him.
What I fail to remember and practice, that part of my Christian duty, is to simply rest and spend time with God alone. Just Him and I. Can you imagine how it would feel if say a husband said this to his wife “Honey I have checked everything off of my to do list today but you know I just don’t have time to spend with you, I’m just too busy. I’ll move that to my list for tomorrow OK?” The wife would probably respond “Gee thanks.” You see, no one wants to feel like it’s a chore for their loved one to spend time with them. Yet we in our business we treat God. You know God, the One who created you, allows you to live every day, heals you, loves you, protects you, provides for you, comforts you, sustains you, redeems you.. Yeah Him. Why is it that He is last on our list to spend time with? Because like Martha we have become distracted.
One attribute of God that we forget about that He has reviled to us through Scripture is that He is jealous. The word jealous brings up negative connotations so we tend to dismiss it and don’t apply it to God. But God is jealous of our time and devotion towards other things.
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Exodus 34:14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Let’s take a look at the first two commandments He gives us:
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
The first and second commandment He tells us to not have or create any gods before Him.
When we think of these two commandments , we think of other religions and bowing down to statues etc, which is accurate we aren’t supposed to worship anyone or anything other than God. However we can make idols out of anything: Money, success, accolades, ourselves, spouses, children, religion, houses, sports, beauty, etc. God commands us to put Him first, and to only worship Him.
God desires our devotion. He desires to be the object of our affection and praise, because He alone is worthy, and He alone is the only thing that can satisfy our souls.
In the book “Evangelism Is” says that distraction is one of the weapons in spiritual warfare that the enemy uses. “
“The enemy is content with our doing almost anything other than evangelism. He will persistently attempt to get our focus on none eternal things. (Mark 8:31–33)”
Yes, the enemy wants to distract us from walking with the Lord. We must fight against this by taking time to slow down and get into the Word each day, praying, and seeking Him.
So today, who will you be? Will you be a Martha or a Mary? I pray that today we will take time to sit at the feet of our Lord. I pray we will stop and take a look around at this life He has given us. I pray we will seek Him with our whole heart. I pray we will give Him our burdens and take His yoke.
I pray today, because of who He is, we will spend time with Him.
I pray we will be more like Mary.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
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