"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.” Luke 10:38-41
How do you react to this story?
Do you identify with Mary sitting at Jesus feet? Or do you relate to Martha fixing Him something to eat?
From Jesus' response it sounds as though Martha was the problem and that Mary was preferred example. Was Jesus being harsh with Martha? Was He siding with Mary?
Actually he was helping Martha with her priorities. Do you ever struggle with priorities?
Of course you do! Jesus knew that and understood. He wanted to help these sisters find some balance in their priorities. You can't always sit at Jesus' feet nor do you always need to be serivng. Both of these activities are important. You need to both. But you need to to know what your priorities are and why.
Mary and Martha demonstrate and illustrate the two sides of the struggle for balance - the sitting one and the serving one. The serene one and the stressed one. The worshipping one and the working one. Where is the balance and how does a busy woman find it?
The determining principle for these priorities is simple, "What pleases Jesus the most?"
Obviously, as He told Martha, Mary had chosen the better part. She had balanced her priorities better than Martha had. The better part then, is waiting with Jesus rather than working for Him. Serving Jesus should flow from loving Him and loving Him grows from sitting quietly at His feet.
Busy women, wives, and mothers, learn the lesson of Martha. Adopt the priorites of Mary and the battle for balance will swing in your favor!