The five short verses that tell the story of Mary and Martha have had a great impact on the lives of many women throughout the years. Jesus is at their house, and while Martha is busy serving and taking care of the physical needs, Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to His word. Martha becomes frustrated because Mary is just sitting there, not helping her with anything. Martha was probably thinking, “I would like to sit down too!” So she asks Jesus to tell Mary to help.
And Jesus said…
“Martha, Martha, you are concerned and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” Luke 10:41-42. There are many physical needs that require our attention each day. Things that pull us here and there with activities, work, errands, and a list of other things that keep us busy. We may even have trouble sleeping at night because our mind is making a list for the next day. We may find it difficult to stay focused on the task at hand because our mind travels to the next thing on our list. Our first thought in the morning is our list for the day. The Mary in us wants to sit at Jesus’ feet, but the “list” invades our thoughts and steals our attention. Then, that good part, our spiritual need, is taken away by our own frustrations and busyness. There will always be a fight between the flesh and the spirit. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other…” Galatians 5:17. On days like this, fight the urge to get busy on the list of physical duties and find strength spiritually by sitting a Jesus’ feet. Leave the list, concerns, and troubles out of the conversation as you sit there. Use praise to focus your mind on Him, “I just want to sit with You and hear your voice”, “God You are so good”, “Great are You Lord, O Most High”, “I love You, Lord, You are the love of my life”. And there are a thousand more ways to share praise to Him. Through it you will find peace and that good part which shall not be taken away.