“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 few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Martha opened her home to Him
Martha was a woman who identified who Jesus was and gladly accepted HIM in her house, meaning that she welcomed him in her life. She was a servant at heart and all this is honourable to God.
When we genuinely come to the Lord and open our hearts to HIM, a transformation will start to happen as a revelation of HIS word comes into our heart which will mould our attitude from a selfish one into a selfLESS, serving one.
Martha was distracted by all the preparations
While the Lord was teaching and giving invaluable life lessons, Martha was distracted by all the things that needed to be done. She panicked and felt disappointed that her sister was in her eyes ‘idle’.
How many times we as Christians who minister find ourselves into this situation. Trying to do a million and one things and then look around us only to see what we repute as ‘seat warmers’ at church which makes us grumble and at time makes our hearts even bitter. I have been there not once. I am sure this never happened to you right :)?
The Lord answered “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.”
While Martha was expecting backup from the Lord, He gracefully used this episode to teach her and all generations thereafter including us an invaluable lesson.
“Nothing should even begin without first spending precious and undivided time with the Lord”
This means that getting too busy even doing all the good in this world will result to be futile if it is not empowered by an enhanced connection with the One who gave us life.
An invaluable lesson which should teach us to self-examine ourselves and help us to check our motives and make sure they are in line with what the Lord wants us to really do and not what we think it’s best.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for this lesson which teaches us to re-focus on what counts most, that is our relationship with you. The branch cannot produce fruit without the vine and so we cannot produce your fruit without being constantly connecting to you. Reveal to us this message and help us live by its principles in the mighty Name of Jesus we pray…Amen.