Mary . . . sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.
Mary and Martha met Jesus. If you describe yourself as a “doer” or an organizer, you can understand where Martha was coming from. She welcomed Jesus and his disciples into her home—a wonderful thing to do. But she made herself so busy with the preparations and the work of hospitality that she didn’t slow down and pay attention to Jesus. In fact, she got upset with her sister, Mary, for doing just that.
Do you ever make yourself so busy (even with good things) that you miss out on hearing the voice of Jesus in your life? Jesus told Martha not to be worried and upset but to focus on the main thing that is important.
Does this mean we shouldn’t do any work for the kingdom of God? Should we only sit still and reflect on the Bible and pray? No, we are certainly called to be active doing the Lord’s work. In fact, the story of Mary and Martha comes right after the parable of the good Samaritan, a story in which Jesus praises someone who works hard to be a neighbor, showing compassion and hospitality.
Instead of going to either extreme (trying to do everything or doing nothing at all), we can focus on the most important thing, which is Jesus himself. Inspired by his love, we can show hospitality to the people around us.
Lord, help me to focus on the one thing that is important: you. Help me to welcome you into my home, my heart, and my life. Amen.
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