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 are to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all 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.’
Picture the scene.
Jesus is coming to town.
He’s on his way.
To one house.
And she is frantic.
This is the most important guest she will ever have.
She knows this man is no ordinary man.
He is the Messiah. The one they have been waiting for. Praying for.
And he is coming.
And everything has to be perfect.
Martha is just a little-bit-house proud. She wants everything to be perfect for Jesus. Every little tiny practically has to be taken care of.
So she is rushing.
The food. The room. The perfect-little-details. The drinks for the crowds. The table decorations.
So she is distracted. And she is bothered.
By much serving.
The little things are bugging her and stressing her out.
She is stressing.
And into this scene, Jesus arrives.
But she is too bothered by all the little things to connect with him.
She just keeps rushing.
But Mary is connected to the Lord.
One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good thing that will not be taken away.
One thing is needed.
No more. No less.
This is not an overstatement.
It’s not an exaggeration.
This is the heart of God.
One thing is needed.
And if this is in place then all the other things follow.
And Mary chooses this.
And Jesus says that it will not be taken away from her. He says she will sustain it. To the end.
Mary sits at the feet of Jesus.
To hear His Word.
The One thing.
‘I want to be like Mary, sitting at your feet, lavishing my love upon you. And I will chose that One Thing, I’ll give all for love…’
Because it’s so easy to be like Martha. Worried about all the little things that don’t really matter and losing sight of the one thing that does.
But I want to be like Mary.
Sitting before the Word.
Opening my Bible on a regular basis and sitting before the Lord, and carrying His Word in my heart in meditation, even in my other activities.
Regular time with God.
In the Word.
I don’t want to do something radical for God that fades away. I want to be someone radical for God because that’s who Holy Spirit has made me.
By sitting at His feet.
A sustained lifestyle of sitting my heart at His feet.
I want to be like Mary…