“While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Can you imagine Jesus coming into your home? Along with over 70 followers of Jesus craving His teaching and His word. That could be pretty stressful. At least that’s how Martha felt. She was busy with the household chores, wanting to make sure everything was perfect for Jesus and those who came with Him. I’m sure she was thinking, “How am I going to feed all these people, and what if we run out of water or there isn’t enough room to fit everyone?”
She was anxious.
But what was the root of her anxiety?
Was it that she wanted to please and find acceptance in man? Was she afraid that her family would be reflected poorly if everything wasn’t going smoothly? Maybe on the outside it looked like she was serving with a gracious, servant heart, but Jesus saw inside her heart.
How convicting. How often do we do the very thing she did and rush around, failing to sit at His feet.
Mary, on the other hand, was sitting at the feet of Jesus. She was listening and hanging onto His every word. He was in their home to teach and their only job and purpose was to listen. Mary took the posture of a committed disciple, ready and eager to learn. Jesus says to her that this posture Mary has taken will not be taken away.
I love that.
When we come ready to listen and eager to learn from Jesus, that cannot be taken away from us. That is exactly what Jesus wants from us.
There is a lot we can learn from this story. I believe there is a healthy balance between Mary and Martha. On one hand we are called to be hospitable, to have a servant heart. But we have to be careful with our heart’s intentions.
Are we serving to make our name known or our Father’s?
Are we looking for man’s approval or are we fearing God?
We get caught up in the busyness and our servant heart can easily become a selfish heart. That is where we need to slow down and listen, to be still and remember the root of our hospitality is to glorify God. So next time you have a gathering at your home, remember to have conversations with all your guests. You never know when your words will be exactly what someone needed to hear.
Or maybe the Lord will speak to you through someone’s words. Ask yourself, “Whom am I serving in my serving?”
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