Reading: Luke 10:38-42
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” And Jesus answered and said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus enters a village and is received in the house of two sisters: Martha and Mary.
The contrast is obvious; Martha is “worried and upset” by everything that she needs to do to serve the Lord and those who are with Him, while Mary is seated at the feet of the Teacher listening to Him.
Martha does what any of us would probably have done: she complains to Jesus.
Jesus’ response is direct: only one thing is necessary. What is necessary?
Is Martha doing something wrong by serving the Lord. No, but what she doesn’t see is that what is really necessary is being with Jesus.
What is more important, the service, or Him who we serve?
Sometimes, we are so focused on what we need to “do,” we forget the One who makes us “be.”
Serving Jesus is a joy and a privilege, but we should always remember that He is the vine and we are the branches. Without Him, we can do nothing.
MEDITATE: In our life, including when we pray or read the Scriptures, are we doing it like Martha or like Mary? God bless you!
Translation By: Emily Stader