December 12th, 2018
Martha Was Cumbered but Mary Sat
Luke 10:38-42 (KJB) 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.
Sadly, many people are holding on tightly with clenched white knuckles on the “Martha Merry-Go-Round” busy spinning in this world. Every day is a rat race for them as they continually go from one thing to the next. They choose to keep their “to do list” continually full and revised. There are never enough hours in the day for this kind of over motivated person.
Martha desired to live a God-centered life and kept herself busy accomplishing many good things, however, in doing so, she failed to stop and break for greater spiritual moments, such as her sister took time out for on this special day.
The truth is every season of life is busy. So busy that each of us must carefully prioritize the day from the very moment our feet hit the floor every morning.
If a person fails to take the proper time out for accomplishing the things of God, then his whole day, week, year, and life can be spiritually out of kilter. How can we know what is most important in honoring and glorifying God with our lives? It is simple, choose to put God first. When God is placed first we naturally desire to honor and serve Him with our best. However, when we rearrange our lives to meet our needs and desires, then God comes in at best in second place.
Mary and Martha both loved Jesus, meant well and were moral and good women. However, Mary chose to place God first and foremost while Martha was ruled by her self-imposed tasks and in the nitty-gritty of planning every detail of her day rather than being led by the gentle spirit of God residing in her softened heart. She often, but inadvertently planned God right out of her life, missing valuable opportunities for God to work in her and through her.
Planning is good and necessary but excessive worry and anxiety are needless. Following the direction, decrees, and will of God is of the utmost importance in our daily endeavor of serving and honoring God. He desires that we seek Him first and allow all else to fall delicately into place behind Him.