Friday, November 30, 2012

Mary or Martha?

The story of Mary and Martha in the book of Luke never ceases to amaze me.

Martha invites the Lord inside and continues cleaning the house for the visitor that is ALREADY THERE! How did she miss that? Mary sat at the feet of her Lord hanging onto every last word that spilled from his Holy lips, and the Lord was honored by her.

When Martha complains to Jesus, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” He replies, "Martha, Martha you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Mary made the wise choice by enjoying the time she had with Jesus, her Savior, while Martha was distracted tidying up.

Are you going to ignore the time you have to spend sitting at the feet of Jesus? Pastor Tim delivered a message at an Emmaus gathering this past week about not getting too caught up in the preparations of the holiday season, as to not ignore the opportunities you have to listen to the wise. Godly mentors, elderly relatives or friends who have known the Lord for a time are perfect examples of Jesus. Sit at their feet, listen to their tales, enjoy their wisdom and fellowship and you won't regret it.

Please don't get stuck in the "If I can just get past Christmas" mood. You'll miss so much! Savor the life and time that God has given on this earth, with these people.

I need to remember not to become distracted by the glamour, decorations, gift-giving, and preparations for this very special season as well.

Don't miss out on the joy, savor it.

Peace on Earth.


  1. I love your thoughts...don't miss the Saviour for the holiday. I always can relate to Martha trying to make things nice, but sometimes missing the time with the people-and the people are the most important. Jesus never wants us to loose site of the value of a soul...for they more important than all the presents (or decorating) in the world.

    One overlooked verse about Martha, though, is from John 11:27 "Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

    I think she is the only woman listed in the Bible as proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah. Pretty powerful. I think she took some time to listen.

    1. Thanks for the heads up! That is pretty amazing!

    2. Thanks for the heads up! That is pretty amazing!