Time With God Luke 10:38-42
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
What Does the Passage Say?
V. 38-39 Jesus enters Martha and Mary’s house. Martha was preparing for the meal, while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus
V. 40 Martha, ‘distracted with much serving, comes to Jesus and complains
V. 41-42 Jesus says, why are you anxious and troubled, and don’t take away which is good from Mary
What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?
We need Marthas in the church. If we have everyone sitting and no one serving, how can we function as a community? I do not think that this passage points out Jesus saying serving is not important. However, Jesus does point out the priority of service. If we are reaching the point of service, overburdening us and distracting us from what is good, sitting in front of the foot of Jesus, we will experience a spiritual unbalance. Jesus tells Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things” (v. 41 ESV). If our service is taking away our time to sit in front of Jesus’ feet, or our service become ahead of our worship, we will see an imbalance in our spiritual lives
Lord, help us to worship and serve you, in a harmonious way. Help us to see what is important, and find a balance between these two important aspects of spirituality, today. In Christ Name, we pray, AMEN.
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