“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Lk 10:38-42)
This is a call to restore your ‘quiet time with God’. Nothing should replace it!
What Martha was doing was not a bad thing. She was cooking for Jesus and His disciples. She was doing a ministry of helps and love. But her problem was that the ministry made her distracted so much that she forgot the most important thing of all. That is why Jesus rebuked her. In Greek, the word distracted means to drag things around the house. These things are like iron weights tied with chains to the feet of the prisoners. The purpose of these iron weights is to make the prisoners slow. They can never run. To be distracted it means to direct your attention far away from the main object, and to get confused with many other conflicting emotions. A distracted person is complicated and confused. She has lost the purity and the simplicity of Christ (2Cor 11:3).
Mary represents the opposite. In the midst of so many needs in the kitchen, she has chosen to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to His word. That was her choice. She will not be distracted by any other voice or desire, not even by the need to go and serve Him. All her attention is directed to hear His voice, His Word. Mary is not a fool. What will be her gain by staying at the feet of Jesus, by listening to God’s Word? By hearing God’s Word, her faith in God will increase. She will experience eternal life in fullness. She becomes a teacher of God’s Word to others. The Word will actively work in her, changing her to become like Jesus, long after the visit is over. Light will shine on her path and she will know what to do in the days ahead. Just by being able to listen to God’s Word, she receives the confirmation that she is a child of God. She gains the attention and the respect of God (Rom 10:17; Mt 4:4; 2Tim 3:16, 17; 1Thess 2:13; Jn 10:27; Is 66:2). These are some of the eternal personal gains which come from believing the Word of God. Ministry can proceed later. Nothing in this world should make you ignore these gains!
Martha was possibly surprised at the rebuke but that day she learned a great lesson. Mary was confirmed as the wiser sister, and her choice became the best. You can see that the devil will attack your decision to have a daily quiet time, to study the Word of God and to pray. The devil will attack your choice to have a quiet heart that worships the Lord. Anxiety about the cares of this world is a slow poison that destroys your intimacy with Jesus. That demon of anxiety will attack you! Reject it!
Make up your mind to obey God’s Word and be anxious for nothing. Make up your mind to value your quiet time with the Lord. Make up your mind to sit down and listen to the words of Jesus. Open the Bible and read it. Pray always. Expect God to speak to you thru His Word. Appreciate His fellowship. There is nothing like it! Mary’s gains shall be yours too. Money cannot buy these eternal rewards. Be wise! Learn how to combine the holy ministry of prayer and the Word with other activities for the benefits of men. Be a woman of God first, then a wife, mother and worker! Seek first the Kingdom of God and all other things shall be added to you! The God will help you to do all things with ease and grace!
Lastly, a little bit of my testimony… I wake early in the morning to have my quiet time. I read my Bible and pray…I desire to hear His voice. I wait expectantly. He does not disappoint me. He speaks and my heart is revived! Nothing compares with hearing the voice of my Beloved. Something happens to my spirit. I get happy and strong…then I am ready to do any work for Him…Out of that fire, I am then ready to do anything needed as a wife, mother or worker in the church. God’s intimate fellowship is the basis for all true ministry. You will never be tired! You will never fall to temptation!
Listen to His voice:
“My Lover spoke and said to me: Arise My darling, My beautiful one and come with Me…” (SS 2:10)
‘That is all I need to hear…Thank You Lord…’