Are you a Mary or a Martha?


This above article I had written to have it published in a monthly newsletter for Restore Ministries. This article was inspired from a church sermon. I was really shocked of the answer I had seen when the women of the congregation was asked… “Are you a Martha?” Hands all over were raised. But when the question, “Are you a Mary?” Only two hands went up in the air!

It is very easy in our roles as “Keepers at Home”, a mother, a homeschool teacher, etc.. to get into the mindset of Martha. But it is imperative for your Spirit-man (woman) and for your children to become a Mary.

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Jesus takes every day circumstances and transforms them into moments for spiritual truth. Jesus does not quote the philosophers of the day or the quotable quotes of the day or the famous Jewish rabbis of his era. Rather, Jesus always finds spiritual truth in the everyday moments of life such as the gospel story for today.

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”    Luke 10:38-42 NKJV

Martha had invited Jesus to her house. When the men sat down to listen to Jesus teach about God, the women were usually working around the house. They would prepare food for the guests, keep the house clean, and clean up after meals. Martha was getting mad because Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus. She wasn’t helping with all the chores. Martha was a busy bee. She was cooking and setting the table and she wanted some help. So she complained to Jesus and asked him to tell Mary to help out. She didn’t stop to think about what she was saying. She just knew she didn’t want to do it all herself.

Jesus didn’t get on to Mary or Martha about what either one of them was doing. He knew Martha was worried and so he tried to calm her down. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. He gently got Martha’s attention and told her she was worried and upset over a very small matter. He guided her about what was important.

But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Jesus was telling busy Martha that Mary was thinking about God. Mary was sitting quietly at the feet of Jesus as he taught about the kingdom of God. She was spending time with Jesus: not cleaning the dirty dishes, not cooking, not sweeping. She was just spending a quiet moment with the Master. Jesus said that she had made a wise decision and that she would benefit from it. He highly praised her for quietly spending time with God.

Today, let’s remember to spend time with Jesus. We can read our Bibles, and we can pray, and we can worship God together. Let’s try to remember when things get busy, that it’s still important to spend time with God.  †

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