“But Martha, overly occupied and too busy, was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me, to lend a hand and do her part along with me!” Luke 10:40 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible for today is Martha, the sister of Lazarus and Mary.
Jesus has stopped at their house to visit and Martha gets busy right away with taking care of the household duties, probably the cooking as well. The verse today says a lot about her if you read it carefully. First, she’s a type A personality, things had to be done her way, when she wanted them done, and no excuses. The Amplified version of this verse expresses it so well, Martha was overly occupied and too busy. This tells me that she could have waited until after Jesus spoke to take care of these tasks. Sometimes even the most devout christian will “busy” themselves with things that can wait when a sermon is being preached. We typically see that with fellowship meals at church. Our verse today says that Martha was distracted with much serving. She wasn’t paying attention to what she should have, Jesus talking.
Then Martha goes to Jesus and complains about her sister, seeking his sympathy in the matter, even telling Him He needed to rebuke Mary. Martha makes her sister sound like a lazy bum, not wanting to help at all. I’m sure Mary shared in all the household duties, but in this instance she chose the better thing, which is what Jesus told Martha. Mary chose to sit at the Masters feet to hear him speak.
Finally, Jesus calmly replies to Martha, using her name twice, like a parent would. He tells her she is being anxious and troubled about many things, but there is only need for one thing. He tells her that Mary chose the better thing for her. I’d like to think that at that point Martha pulls up a rug and sits down to hear the rest of what our Lord had to say.
How many times do we sit in church listening to the minister or the singing, with our minds many miles away. We may be thinking about all we have going on in our life or even just dinner after the service. We must remember what Jesus said, there is need of only one thing, choose the good portion and what will help you, listen to His word. Lord, put a guard over my mind that when the word is being read or preached that I will be a Mary and not a Martha.