Mary or Martha?

The apostle Luke tells us a story about a woman named Martha. Martha became frustrated over things that were going on around her. She was distracted and anxious. She was upset thinking she was the only one working. The story makes me smile. Martha is so human. She even suggested to Jesus that he tell her sister Mary to get up and help her.

Luke 10:40 “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.” 10:41-42 “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.”

Mary chose to take time and rest at Jesus’ feet. In the middle of busy schedules and deadlines and visits and appointments and meetings, time spent reading the Word of God and praying is never wasted. It demands a real commitment, but it is never wasted.

Just what did Mary do that made her different from Martha?

Mary learned what it meant to commit her ways unto the Lord and trust Him (Psalm 37:5). Mary learned what it was to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If we are not careful, the “worries of life” (Mark 4:19) can choke the life out of us.

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

So all you Martha’s out there (you know what I mean), listen to what the Bible is telling you: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Dear Heavenly Father, this week with Your help, we choose to cast all of our cares upon You because You care for us (1 Peter 5:7).

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