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 few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
After a long day at work, your husband and you come home. You begin working on supper for the family while you notice him in the living room playing with the children. You finish supper and everyone eats together. After supper while you are cleaning up dishes, your husband and children are outside throwing the ball with each other.
Of course, you feel jealous and upset. How could your husband leave you in the kitchen to cook and clean while he goes outside with the kids? You worked hard at work today just like him. You are their mother. Why can’t he come do the dishes and you go outside with the children?
It’s time for the baths and you have to fight with the children to get them in the bathtub. Then it’s bedtime and they are not wanting to go to bed. You are so upset and are not very nice to them. Finally they are in bed and you sit down on the couch. You realize your husband had the fun time with the kids and you had the hard times with the kids.
Exhausted! Upset! Empty! Emotional! Not Joyful!!
Now the supper has to be cooked and the dishes have to be washed, that is if you want to eat and you want to have dishes for the next night. The kids have to have baths, right? But which parent’s job is it to do the food preparation, the cleanup, the baths and who is to spend the quality time with the children?
When you look back on the night, who had the quality time with the children? Who enjoyed their evening more? Who had more peace when ready to go to bed? Let me say upfront, I’m not saying we as mothers should not cook and clean and bathe are children. I’m just using this as an example.
When Jesus visited Mary and Martha’s house that wonderful evening, Mary stayed at Jesus’ feet while Martha did all the work. Now I’m sure there was some daggers from the eyes being thrown from Martha to her sister Mary.
We have all been in a situation where we were doing all the work and someone else was enjoying themselves. How did you feel? Now be honest! I’m sure you were a little resentful, okay a lot resentful if it was something you really didn’t enjoy doing.
Please understand I’m not saying we should all stop working and just sit around and wait for the Martha’s of the world to wait on us. I’m not saying mom’s or dad’s should sit around and spend time with our children and forget they need to be fed and bathed or depend on our spouse’s to do.
Let’s look at this from Jesus’s eyes for a few minutes.
I’m sure when Jesus came to the house, there was more than just Martha and Mary. Someone had to fix something for all the visitors to eat and drink. I’m also sure that if Jesus was in your living room teaching and preaching the Word, someone would need to be listening and not everyone working.
Both women were in the right! The Martha’s of the world just said, “What are you talking about. There is no way this can be right. “
Martha saw that work needed to be done for the visitors but Mary also saw she needed to be listening to Jesus and what He had to say.
Now here is the hard question! How do we decide who is the Mary and who is the Martha?
I believe at different times we are to be a Martha and other times to be a Mary. We have to pray and feel the Holy Spirit telling us which you are to be. It’s kinda of liking figuring out which is our “BEST YES”. We have to figure out which one of the jobs we are going to do and do it JOYFULLY!!
Both Martha and Mary were important to Jesus. They both had the best interest at heart. Martha just should have been more JOYFUL in serving and know what she was doing was okay and what Mary was doing was okay.
Do not judge others who may be just sitting and listening and not working. At this time that may be their “BEST YES”. At this time, Jesus may need them to listen and learn.
Just remember do what Jesus is calling you to do whether serving or listening JOYFULLY! Whether you are a Martha or Mary, remember to do it JOYFULLY!!!
Which one will you be today, Mary or Martha?
Will you be Mary or Martha JOYFULLY or not?
Choose your “BEST YES” and do it JOYFULLY!!