Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
This passage has always been a hard one for me. I feel more like a Martha and Mary always seemed like that girl who said Jesus was her boyfriend. I was never that kind of girl and I felt like maybe Martha was getting in trouble for wanting to serve.
This year in a Bible study I was doing, this passage came up again. I looked at the passage again and I think it’s not that Mary was being lazy or making lovey eyes at Jesus, it’s that she knew the way to know him wasn’t by doing; it was by being. Martha was anxious and troubled and distracted as she served. Maybe her motive was to attract Jesus’ attention and praise and blessing by her work and it caused her to be stressed out. And then Mary entered and built her relationship by serving and be simply being in his presence. She was untroubled by the world. She was able to focus on the one thing in front of her. She was able to prioritize Christ first, choosing the one thing necessary for life: Jesus himself.
I am a really good Martha trying to become like Mary.