“…Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things…” Luke 10:41-42
Oh Martha, how many of our names could be easily be substituted for Martha’s name? And how many of us find ourselves chastising Martha?! Perhaps as you’ve read this verse, you have said: “Couldn’t be me!” “I would be worshipping the Lord if He was in my presence!” “Martha is silly!”
Oh friends, it’s so easy to judge Martha but if we take an honest look at ourselves, we would see Martha in us. Think about the many times your prayers were disrupted by your anxious thoughts. Think about the many times we have opted to serve instead of sit. When worries and anxieties plague us, they are taking the very seat intended for Jesus. When we opt to carry our cares instead of cast them, we become Martha.
Have you found yourself being Martha? Have you have found yourself identifying those who aren’t laboring alongside you because they are choosing to sit, choosing to fast, and choosing to pray? If you’ve found yourself complaining about your own “Mary”, let’s look to the Word of God for the proper position:
Mary’s decision to sit before Jesus is the best position we can take! Dear Martha, we know there are tables to be cleaned and food to be prepared but being seated at the feet of Jesus will give you the strength needed to clean and cook. Dear Martha, your anxiety and troubles are best at the Savior’s feet, not on your shoulders. Let’s be committed to be a Mary in a world full of Marthas. Let’s be committed to having a Mary’s heart in a Martha’s world.
Dear Martha, sit at the feet of your Savior. He is more important than any table you will set or any meal you will prepare. His presence is all you need. His presence trumps your service. There are so many things fighting for your attention and your affections but Martha choose what is necessary and don’t let that be taken from you.
Peace and Blessings