Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
Key verses: (38-42) 38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Reflection: Sometimes the Bible gives you just what you need to hear. It’s ten days before Vacation Bible School begins. My house is on the market. I’m consumed with tasks. Maybe you are too.
Martha was distracted by many things. Worthwhile things. Not frivolous. Someone had to prepare to welcome Jesus and his friends into the home, and probably prepare a meal. I can’t blame her for being frustrated. It does occur to me that she is a little passive aggressive in her comments. Instead of asking Mary to help directly, she asks Jesus about it in front of Mary: “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.”
Jesus reminds Martha (and me and you) that the tasks are not the main thing. Even if they need to be done eventually, stopping to focus on Jesus is better. Too many times we put off focusing on him, and our faith, until after everything else is done. It’s never all done, though, is it? Jesus gently invites Martha to lay down her worries and distractions, and rest at his feet. May we do the same.
Prayer: Lord, I am worried and distracted by many things. Help me to choose the better part like Mary. Teach me to rest in you even when I am sure I don’t have time. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].