Not Being Martha Doesn’t Make Me Mary

A favorite blog post I needed to read again today – that stinking iPhone!

You know the story, but I’ll post it here just in case.

Luke 10:38-42

mary and martha

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

40 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!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,

42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

A wonderful woman at our church recently spoke about this story.  Providing insight I had never noticed myself, she shared that Martha did something right.  She went straight to Jesus with her problem.  While we can’t guarantee she never ever complained about Mary to anyone else, in this instance, she went to Jesus to file her complaint about her sister.  I always love to observe something new about scripture, but God wasn’t done yet.

The Lord gently whispered into my ear these words – “Just because you’re not Martha doesn’t mean you are being Mary either.”

OUCH!  That hurt.

You see, I can take pride sometimes in the fact that I am intentionally not the busiest person on the face of the earth.  We aren’t always going non-stop every hour of the day.  We spend plenty of time at home, and we do lots of things together as a family.  I rarely even watch TV anymore (which is completely a miracle from the Lord).

But…

Lack of busy does not equate to sitting at the Savior’s feet.

The Lord did not say, “Martha, Mary is not being too busy”, or “Martha, Mary is not filling her heart and head with worry and anxiety.”  He said in verse 42 – “but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Just because I don’t watch much TV at all anymore, it doesn’t mean I have filled my time with Him.  I always thought it was either/or with this Bible story, but I found myself going with neither/nor.

Right there in that little room, I was convicted that not being busy was not enough.  Playing on my phone, holing up on my computer, or even preparing for class were not sitting at his feet.  It doesn’t mean they are bad in and of themselves, but being satisfied that I wasn’t being Martha didn’t exactly qualify me to be in the Mary camp.  When I have a few moments to spare, do I pick up my Bible, or do I pick up my phone?  Do I sit down and play a game with my children, or do I retreat into my computer and Facebook? Or, am I just plain lazy?  It’s a temptation to me every day, and I need to concentrate my focus in the right place.

Where is my heart?  Is it on my Savior, or is it on me?  I can easily tell you where it is too often, and it isn’t my Savior.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mary was seeking His kingdom.  Am I?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Scripture definitely was doing some reproofing, correcting and instructing in me that day.  The Lord brings this to mind often now, and I am grateful! I only need to listen – and obey.

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