Are you a Mary or a Martha?
That’s a good discussion question for a women’s small group.
We can spend a fair amount of time bouncing around self-analysis as we ponder the account of the two sisters welcoming Jesus into their home as recorded in Luke 10: 38-42.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” verses 38-40
Now men, you actually can participate in this as well without losing one ounce of your man-ness. But since you may not have ever gotten to study Mary and Martha at one of your men-meetings, let me give you a hint….at various times and in various situations, we can be one or the other. We all have a little bit of both of these sisters in each of us…male and female.
Because the real issue with Mary and Martha falls on a level of humanity that we can all relate to.
What Martha “lacked” was not only an extra pair of hands but a deep need for someone to notice all the effort and fuss she was going to.
We see in the scripture that SHE welcomed Jesus into HER home.
Can’t you see her all full of good intentions to be the hostess with the mostest?
We know Jesus wasn’t traveling alone so all his posse would have joined Him, plus any neighbors and locals that were gathering around to hear His teaching.
And all of a sudden Martha’s vision of this lovely Pinterest-worthy gathering became more than she could handle and where in the world was that useless air-head of a sister?? Sitting at the feet of the Teacher, for heaven’s sake…literally.
So Martha interrupts the actual Word of God speaking forth, in flesh and blood, sitting right there in her living room to whine…..
“What about me, Jesus? Don’t you care about me….and all my hard work and all my preparations that I am so busy and consumed with? And why does she get to just sit there amongst all the men folk and do nothing?????”
We don’t really know how she said it, but if it was me when I am in full-on Martha mode, that is what it sounds like.
Because when I have taken a good and godly idea and then promoted it to a level that was never intended nor necessary, I get overwhelmed and then I start looking around for the slackers in my lack.
And I can grow resentful that I am doing all the work because they are not doing their part.
said to Martha…
Martha…Martha…you are worried and troubled about many things…but only one thing is needed…and Mary…Mary has chosen that good thing…that one thing…that will not be taken from her. verses 41-42
It turns out when I am all out of whack because I am lacking the support, recognition and acknowledgment I think I need for the effort I am putting forth on a project…perhaps what I am really lacking is proper perspective to see the ONE THING I should be focusing on.
With God we lack nothing <3