At the home of Martha and Mary
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he had to say. 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!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42
Detailed here we have an example of sitting still and bringing oneself under subjection to just rest.
Martha was a Christian woman as we can tell from the very 1st sentence as it states that Martha invited Him to her home. We could also look at this sentence to indicate that her heart was receptive to receive Jesus. As we continue to read, we also meet Martha’s sister who also stayed in the home. Her name was called Mary. Mary instantly sat at HIS feet and listened closely to instructions, wisdom and insight needed for her journey. Martha was quite busy the script suggests. She began to prepare, plan and lose much focus. She then after experiencing a bit of stress with handling the planning and details all alone came to Jesus. She said to Him,” Tell her to help me.”
Jesus then replied to her , you are worried about many things but only one thing is needed.
From this scripture we now can learn the lesson for ourselves in life. Many situations in life will try to gain our attention and shift our focus off. Many things will come to present themselves as emergencies and as things that we must do right now. There will be many distractions in life if we allow those things to gain more attention than Jesus Christ Himself. He said to her very clearly you are worried about many things but only one is needed. We must also know that in those extra busy seasons as well- take time out and just sit at the Masters foot. Just place everything down at that moment and receive life sustaining words for your personal life. Here we see that Martha was distressed and rattled by all that she wanted to accomplish. In relation to her soul and ultimate wellbeing all those things were wanted things but truly none was needed. He then shed light on the thing that would be needed in her life. From the moment she opened the door to allow Him in would now involve the sitting and being still season. His entrance into her home (her heart) would not require for her to run off and continue to bring distresses to herself. She was now in the presence of GOD and He came to sit and speak with her. She wouldn’t have to worry about this or that or what to do next all she would have to do is sit and receive directions. She didn’t have to calculate out to a detailed art her next move it wasn’t needed. It may have possibly been a want of hers to do these things but above all it wasn’t needed. All that would be needed from this moment on was for her to sit and listen and receive Heavenly instructions and wisdom. He even answered her question in relation to her wanting Him to discharge Mary so that Mary could help her. He simply left her with powerful words- Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.
We see here with those choice words that we also will be encountered and presented with choices upon our road. We also will have choices to make as GOD is ever present and received and welcome in our homes. We must decide which is of utmost importance to us and for us in our walks. This wasn’t an area of unbelief because as we see clearly Martha accepted Him inside but rather this is an area where we must decide to reject other things, distractions, worry, distresses, planning and other matters to simply receive the needed and best thing. The one who chooses to reject everything else will not have this desire taken away from them. The person who decides to place Jesus as front and center of all other distractions and preoccupations will continue to receive directions and insight for the road and it will not be taken away. The passion to want Jesus and His instructions will never quench.
The Home of Martha and Mary