As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Mary and Martha have two very different personalities. Mary was one who would sit at the Lord’s feet and soak up every word He had to say. Martha was more of what we call a busybody. She would get distracted by the list of things that needed to get done.
Who are you like? Are you a Mary or a Martha? Jesus revealed a very powerful truth to Martha. Mary made a decision when Jesus arrived to put aside everything else and drink in each moment that she had to listen and learn what the Lord was saying and teaching. But Martha was so distracted by all the work that needed to be done that she could not find time to listen to the Lord. Can you relate?
Are you having trouble finding time to sit at the Lord’s feet spending time with Him daily? Martha was so overwhelmed by all the work that was to be completed that she even went to Jesus and asked Him to tell Mary to help her finish all the tasks. What would you expect Jesus to say?
Jesus scolded her, possibly in front of others, telling Martha that what Mary had chosen was better. What had Mary chosen? She had decided she wanted to spend time with her Lord. The most important thing you can do each day is to have a quiet time with your Lord. Yes, I know you are busy with commitments, and on many days you have a hectic schedule. You may be working two jobs so that you cannot seem to find time to have a daily quiet time with the Lord.
You may even be so busy doing the work of the Lord, that you may rationalize not needing spiritual communion with Jesus Christ. Spend a few minutes at the end of your prayer time today and sit in the Lord’s Presence and listen for anything He wants to say to you.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Jesus saw Martha, worried and upset about many things, but only one thing was needed. Time with Him. Are you overwhelmed by your circumstances? Stop and spend time with the Lord. He has all the answers that you need. May you learn to walk in faith, knowing that you can trust the Lord to be your Provider, Defender, and Deliverer as He answers your prayers. Every day cast all your problems and fears at the feet of the Lord. If you give them to Him, you will find peace that is beyond understanding.
Now let me share the scripture that the Lord gave me many years ago that changed my life with my circumstances, fear and worry, giving me the peace of God.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Did you notice the word, Rejoice? Yes, the Lord and Bob named our ministry while he was in the far country. Bob called me one day and said, “I know I am never coming home, but if I ever do, we need to help other people and the name of the ministry is Rejoice!” I was stunned with the telephone call. I tried to have a more serious conversation, and Bob said, “No, I don’t want to talk, because I am never coming home!” Bob was double-minded as he was planning his wedding with the other person at that time.
The Lord had given me a nugget of gold and was showing me that He was working on Bob, even though I could only see circumstances while he was living a life of sin. Never doubt that the Lord is speaking to your husband or wife or child if you are being faithful to the Lord and putting Him first in your life. Never doubt the power of God! He hates divorce like you do!
You have a choice every day if you are going to make time to sit at the feet of Jesus. He wants you to put Him first. Will you?