Scripture: Luke 10:
38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But 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!"
41"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Observation: Sometimes we allow the little things in life that we feel we need to do get in the way of living.
Application: Martha was a practical woman she saw something that needed to be done and she did it. Sometimes she felt as if she was the only practical and responsible person around, especially during this moment that we have recorded in Luke. Martha is doing what needs to be done, she’s preparing a meal, straitening up the house, running around doing it all alone and she gets upset with Mary who is sitting down and enjoying the moment with Jesus.
When she comes to complain to Jesus about Mary, Jesus says “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” The important thing for Martha was that Jesus was in her house. He wasn’t worried about what she would bring out for him to eat, He wasn’t worried about the dirty clothes in the corner, or the dust on top of the book shelf, all he wanted was to spend time with her and bless her with wisdom and love.
We can get like Martha quite often when we allow the mundane things of life overtake those which are of most importance. You must decide what the most important thing is. Is it the shape of your house when company comes, or is it treating that company with love and hospitality and enjoying being with them? When you get ready for Church on Sundays you can spend all your time fussing and fighting with the family trying to prod them to get ready and look their best, or you can spend quality time with each other and make worship an enjoyable family event. What is more important?
Prayer: God our Father,
Help us to know what is most important, and help us to not let those things pass us by because of our own worries.