From day 2 of the 5 day @YouVersion plan ‘Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World‘. Link at bottom.
The text: Luke 10:38-42 EASY translation
The context: When Jesus and his disciples continued their journey. They arrived at a certain village. There, a woman called Martha asked Jesus to come into her home. Martha had a sister called Mary, and Mary sat down near Jesus. She was listening to the things that he was teaching. But Martha was thinking to herself, ‘I cannot do all this work alone.’ So she went to Jesus. ‘Master,’ she said, ‘my sister is not helping me with the work. She has left me to do it alone. You cannot really believe that this is right! Tell her that she should help me!’
What Jesus Didn’t Say
I find it interesting that when Jesus corrected Martha, He didn’t say,
“Why can’t you be more like your sister, Mary?”
He knew Martha would never be Mary, and Mary would never be Martha. But when the two were faced with the same choice—to work or to worship—
“Mary has chosen the better part.”
To me, this implies the better part was available to both Mary and Martha. And it’s available to each one of us, regardless of our gifting or personality. It’s a choice we each can make.
The Bible isn’t clear whether or not this was Jesus’ first visit to the home in Bethany. Whatever the case, it isn’t every day God visits your house. So Mary ignores tradition, she breaks social etiquette, and she presses closer. It doesn’t matter that she might be misunderstood. She cares little that the disciples look at her strangely. Somewhere in the distance, she hears her name, but it is drowned by the call of her Master. The call to come. The call to listen.
Against this Bethany backdrop of unexpected guests, I see the struggle I face every day when work and worship collide.
Part of me is Mary. I want to worship extravagantly. I want to sit at His feet. But part of me is Martha—and there’s just so much to do!
How do we choose the better part and still get done what has to get done?
Jesus is our supreme example. He was never in a hurry. Someone has said that Jesus went from place of prayer to place of prayer and did miracles in between.
How incredible to be so in tune with God that not one action is wasted, not one word falls to the ground!
That is the intimacy that Jesus invites us to share. He invites us to know Him, to see Him so clearly that when we look upon Him, we see the face of God as well.
Just as He welcomed Mary to sit at His feet in the living room, just as He invited Martha to leave the kitchen for a while and share in the better part, Jesus bids us to come.
Sense Jesus calling you to come sit at His feet.
Insert your name in that passage from Luke 10:41.
“You (insert name here), you have troubles in your mind about many things.”
May we hear God telling us,
“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42 NLT). You (insert your name here) you can do the same. Choose the better part.”
It’s your choice on how you respond.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Isaiah 55:1-2 NIV
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
John 15:4-6 NIV
You have searched me, Lord , and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord , know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you… Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:1-24 NIV
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