38) Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39) And she had a sister called Mary who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40) 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.’ ”
Can’t you simply feel the tenseness!! I can see Martha! Flour on her face. hair a mess, apron soiled, rolling pin in her hand, and her blood pressure rising “gently”.
Jesus and his buddies had arrived at one of their favorite places to rest and have fellowship and I might add – – – – – good food.
Martha read Jesus the riot act and was feeling very worn out. Mary upon seeing Jesus and his friends come, immediately went to Jesus and sat down at his feet to be fed a different way – – – the Word going through the digestive system called her soul.
Jesus responds to Martha this way. 41). And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42) But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her’ ”
NOW THEN! THAT PUT MARTHA IN HER PLACE!!!!!!!! However I see it this way.
Martha knew that Jesus and the disciples were in her home (always spoken of as Martha’s house). She wanted to have an elaborate, full-fledged dinner with all that goes with meat and potatoes and salad and dessert and coffee and tea and after-dinner mints. But Jesus recognized that they could all get along with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a banana and some hot chocolate.
Mary lingered in His presence. Martha needed to provide food – – yes – – but something less extravagant would allow her to sit at the College of the Feet along with Mary.
Can we learn from this example of Martha and of Jesus and His response to her? She was the only woman in the Bible who was called by her name twice. THIS WAS VERY IMPORTANT in Biblical times. We take it with a grain of salt, but being called TWICE meant largely that YOU need to listen to what I am about to say and take it to heart. (I am not joking about this, names were very important in those days and how they were used just as important)
Well. We have read this story a million times. We have been hearers a million times. What are we going to do about it?
We can become doers, rightly dividing the food responsibilities so that we are not over-doing it. We are not over lapping precious time with our family – our guests – and in essence diluting the fellowship with over extension of preparations, which in turn have been over-lapped with other activities which in turn has caused a domino effect and left us worn out, and no time to sit at the College of the Feet. Am I right!!
Let’s don’t only “hear”. Let’s “do” so that we have some quiet time every day of our lives, to take in from the Lord without overlapping as Martha did…………as you do, every single day of your life. So do I.
The story has to do with food primarily, but there are so many other avenues to our daily living. What about putting so many things into a one day’s period of time that every last thing is over-lapping and if you are at one signal light too long, the day begins to unravel and you are late for this or having to skip it all together this time around?
Fellowship for longer periods of time either with people in general or with the Lord has to be worked at. Our ‘things that we do’ get put out there in all caps when they aren’t important at all – – – – – really. Hearers. Doers. Let’s be both!!!
“Doing”…..His way. Marge