38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 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. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
As I started to prepare my notes for this blog, I could not help but stare at the picture above which depicts Jesus, Martha and Mary. This picture spoke to my heart in volumes. Seeing Mary bowed down at the Master’s feet, instantly reminded me of the scripture from Matthew 6:33.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”.
How about you? How does this picture speak to your heart? There are some important truth the Lord our God would like us to understand in reference to the above scriptures. I have to be truthful, it looks like an easy decision to make. Who wouldn’t want to sit at the feet of Jesus? The choice seems easy to make! Working or sitting at the feet of Jesus. I have learned through my study of this lesson not just how important my choices are in life but most important, are my choices GOD-CENTERED.
First let me say, this article is to help us understand Jesus’ response to Martha when he talks about the “good part”. Everything you need is found in the “good part.” We all know that there are so many demands on our lives as we journey through each day. Everyone and everything around us is trying to grab out attention. My daughter has called me Martha on several occasions. I have never ask her why she calls me Martha, but I am sure I depicted Martha in the reference scripture so many times. I have a tendency of wanting everything just perfect when it comes to serving others. I put so much pressure on myself to satisfy everyone. Many times the pressure keep me from enjoying those precious moments surrounded by family and friends. Martha became perplexed and worried about serving which became her main priority. Honestly, I believe she would have prefered to be sitting at the feet of Jesus, but she chose what was important to her at the time. She chose her “good part”. Like Martha, many of us made a choice to put other things before Jesus. Martha simply missed the opportunity to deepen her faith. Oh, how many times I have missed the opportunity for God to deepen my faith. Truthfully, more times than many I have started my days like Martha, always worried about everything I have to do. Then suddenly everything I’m preparing to do starts to become overwhelming. I start to feel my joy disappearing. What turned out to be a joyful occasion began to bring on pressure and stress. Just like Martha, I start to become worried and perplexed about my serving others because suddenly it is not going according to my plans. I’m thinking that Martha wanted everything to be just right for Jesus. But as many of you know, it is very seldom that everything works together the way we planned. Sometimes things get out of control. Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. Martha may have had many concerns which cause her to worry and fret because the scripture tells us that she was worried about much serving. Maybe there were more people present than what she may have expected. Indeed Martha was worried, pre-occupied and distracted. Maybe just a little self-absorbed with her responsibilities or maybe Martha’s goal was to please the Master Himself by serving others well. So Martha made a choice. Her choice was not what the Master would have wanted her to make, but she made her meals the center of the evening instead of making it all about Jesus. We all agree, Martha had become worried about much serving and this is what got her to the position of asking Jesus to talk to Mary. Martha was upset and ask Jesus to talk to Mary because Mary had left her to serve alone. Martha had made her choice to serve others and she wanted that to be Mary,s choice as well.
Keeping this is mind, what do you suppose got Mary to the position of sitting at the feet of Jesus? Mary was the younger sister. I myself is the oldest of 10 siblings and I must admit there were many times I wanted my siblings to do what I was doing and to do it the way I did it. I remember the arguments and discontent I cause when I tried to take their choices away. I got no help at all which is what happens when we try to force our choices upon someone else. As a child, I was guilty of always trying to please others. Maybe, Mary did not have much of a voice when it came to her older sister Martha or maybe Mary was overwhelmed with Martha’s way of serving. Or maybe Mary like so many of us became weary with well-doing. Whatever Mary may or may not have been going through, one thing is apparent in the scripture, she chose the “good part”! We must do the same! There is no better part!
Martha had good intentions, but there was something greater for her to receive from God. Martha chose her “good part”! Her good part came with much frustrations and stress.
Mary on the other hand chose the “good part.” Let’s talk about that “good part.” Mary chose to be in the presence of Jesus. Psalm 16:11 tell us in His presence there is fullness of joy. To know the love of Christ, which is beyond our own understanding.
As written in Ephesians 3:19 of “The Message Bible,” reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full of the fullness of God.
I wish to believe that Martha learned something valuable from Jesus on that day. Jesus is the “good part.”We too, must put our priorities in place. Seek God first. Sit at His feet and bathe in His presence. Let God speak to your thirsty heart. What maybe too much for you, will never be too much for God. So plan your day by putting the Saviour first, sit back and see how productive your day will be. What could have been a stressful day will be a day filled with peace and joy. Give God your first fruits! Watch Him give you the best of the best. I am a WITNESS!
PUT JESUS FIRST IN YOUR LIFE !