As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:28-42
A question we need to ask ourselves quite often is: ‘How do I live my live, investing smartly in the things that really matter?’ This particular incident from Jesus’ life provides us with some valuable lessons. If we want to be living a life that pleases God, encourages others and brings authentic satisfaction we could learn with Mary & Martha.
Focus on Jesus!
Martha knows enough about Jesus to know that His presence in their home (life) is a wonderful privilege. She knows Him to be a Healer, a Teacher and a wonderful Friend.
When He is around surprising things happen and lives are transformed. If you are a Christ-follower, I encourage you to acknowledge that He lives in you and desires to live through you. Constantly make yourself available and acknowledge His presence. Listen to His voice and speak to Him. Maybe you have never had the opportunity to welcome Christ as the ‘boss’ of your life – this is the wisest ‘move’ you can make in your life (John 14:6) – don’t delay it!
Focus on the Eternal
Mary appears to be insensitive towards her sister, distracted by the presence of their guest, and therefore provoking a reaction from Martha. But that is just an appearance, because Mary chose invest in being with Christ and listening to Him. She prioritized. She knew that this was a unique chance, an encounter to be treasured. She invested in an eternal treasure (Matthew 6:19-24). It seems so easy to fall into the ‘Martha-attitude trap’ when we find ourselves in the presence of incredible spiritual treasures yet we chose the treasures of this earth. Let us seek to evaluate what we listen to, what we watch, how we spend our time and money, who we spend time with – what we are about…