“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he (Jesus) entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42
We are all guilty of being spiritual Martha’s at times. Our intentions are good, our hands and minds busy, our spiritual house full, but yet we are not happy, growing more and more frustrated and overwhelmed with every passing minute. We follow a routine of physical labor for our families, our friends, our community, and even for our church or ministry because it’s what we’ve been taught we should do to please others and to please God. Yet we find ourselves feeling more and more cut off from the very ones we seek to serve.
Mary on the other hand set her focus on one thing… Jesus. She took a moment to let everything else fade away, gazed into the eyes of love, sat at Jesus’ feet, and hung on every Word He said like a young girl enamored by her first love and in doing so, found her peace, per purpose, and won the favor of the king.
So many times we think that what we can do for God is what matters most to Him when in reality, it is not what we can do “for” Him but rather what we do “with” Him. The time we spend with Him, the conversations we have with Him, the things we learn from Him, the way we worship Him, and yes, the way we let Him use us to do the things “He” has called us to do once “He” has told us to do them. The devil will seek to busy you with many things, even good things, if it keeps you from spending personal intimate time with God. If we are not taking the time to hear from God how can we know if the things we are busying ourselves with are even of God. Perhaps they are not in His perfect plan for us to be doing at this time, perhaps they are even keeping us from that perfect plan.
Choose today to set a time aside to sit at the feet of God and soak in everything He has to say to you. He has much to teach you, much to pour out on you, much to bless you with, and much to send you out to do, but only the Mary’s will be paying close enough attention to hear and receive it while the Martha’s busy themselves with the same old routine.