Luke 10:38-42

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Jesus was going to Mary’s and Martha’s. They lived in the village called Bethany. Did Mary and Martha already know Jesus and they felt that they were inviting a friend? Or was this the very first time and when Jesus came to town, Martha welcomed Him to dine with them? The text seems to indicate the latter, but regardless if they knew Him before this encounter, Jesus knew them.

He came to dinner. Martha was being a dutiful hostess. She was preparing the meal, making sure everything was exactly right. After all, this was Jesus.

“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 said. 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

There is much work to prepare a meal, especially if no microwave is involved.

Martha’s sister was there as well. Was she preparing the fattened calf or making lentil stew?

No. Where was she?

Martha looked around. There she was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him talk. She was not helping; she was listening.

There was much work to be done and Mary was sitting. Martha needed help getting this meal together. There was only one thing to do. She went to Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Lord, don’t you care…?”

Have we ever gone to Jesus with these words? We look around and our perception is that life is not fair. Perhaps we are dealing with some type of physical affliction. Maybe we see that our home is in chaos. Maybe the work load is heavy and the stress of that is too much. Maybe our children are hurting or financial pressures are weighing us down. “Lord, don’t you care…?”

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.”

So, let’s fill in our name here. “_________, _________, only one thing is needed.”

And what is that one thing? Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen it.

And what exactly had Mary chosen? She had chosen to go to the feet of Jesus and listen.

You see, it is a choice.

We can run around fixing, working, preparing, and feeling like life is not fair, or we can choose to find the good portion that will not be taken away. We can go to the feet of Jesus and listen.

What is Jesus saying? Every word in the Bible is directly from the heart of God. As we read it and think about it, we are just like Mary, sitting at His feet listening.



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