Mary and Martha

Luke 10:38-42; John 12:2

Jesus Christ and his disciples stopped at the house of Martha in Bethany, about two miles from Jerusalem. Her sister Mary lived there, along with their brother Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was distracted with preparing and serving the meal for the group.

Frustrated, Martha scolded Jesus, asking him whether he cared that her sister had left her to fix the meal alone. She told Jesus to order Mary to help her with the preparations.

Imacon Color ScannerMartha, 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.” (Luke 10:41-42, NIV)

Lessons

Some of us tend to be more like Mary in our Christian walk, while others resemble Martha. It’s likely we have qualities of both within us. We may be inclined at times to let our busy lives of service distract us from spending time with Jesus and listening to His word. It’s significant to note, though, that Jesus gently admonished Martha for being “worried and upset,” not for serving. Service is a good thing, but sitting at Jesus’ feet is best. We must remember what is most important. Good works should flow from a Christ-centered life; they do not produce a Christ-centered life. When we give Jesus the attention he deserves, he empowers us to serve others.

As Christians we should often reflect and ask ourselves, do I have my priorities in order? Am I worried or anxious about many things, or am I focused on Jesus? Have I put devotion to Christ and his word first, or am I more concerned about doing good deeds?

 

written by: Jojo

 

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