The Better Thing

You may be familiar with the verses in Luke chapter 10 where the Bible talks about two sisters, Mary and Martha, being blessed by a visit from Jesus.

14175665_sOnce Jesus and His disciples arrived, Martha spent her time catering to her guests.  Mary, on the other hand, sat at Jesus’ feet and listened as He spoke. When Martha complained that Mary was not helping with the preparations, Jesus pointed out that Mary had chosen to do the better thing.

I wondered if I were more like a Martha or a Mary, and quickly deduced that Martha was my girl!   It seemed reasonable.  After all, I drive myself daily at the speed of light to get things done, I bring work home.  I spend more time managing my job in the course of the week than I do reading my Bible or praying. The choice was obvious.

Yet, I took the time to re-read the passage, and this time by studying the characters and their behaviors, I realized how much I identified with Mary.  She made a decision to let her heart drive her.  Her love for Jesus compelled her.

Martha had a propensity toward service and wanted to take are of Jesus’ needs. She may have meant well, but she was missing the deeper purpose of His visit.  When Jesus comes calling it is time to turn off the stove, shut down the computer, and set our attention on the divine.  He does not come because He wants food.  He is food.

Mary craved time with the Master, so when He arrived, she gave Him her full attention.  Jesus, the Bread of Life, showed up to satisfy her hunger, not His.

Who do you relate to beloved?  If you tend toward responsibility and accomplishment, but sense a tug on your heart when you read this entry, give the passage a second look.  Awaken the Mary in you.  The chores can wait.  Join me as we sit at the Lord’s feet, and let us experience the better thing together.

 Luke 10:38 NIV 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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 4/27/2009 11:25 PM

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