By Marni Montanez
Luke 10:41-42 Holman Christian Standard Bible
41. The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things,
42. but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
There are two types of Christians in the church today. Those who walk in freedom of Christ and those who remain chained to the world.
Those who walk in freedom have abandoned themselves to God. They seek the truth regardless of what the truth is and are willing to look at their flaws as they lift them up before the Lord. In the midst of the busy-ness they find time for God and hold onto Him when there are struggles. They desire the presence of the Holy Spirit more than anything else. In this story, Mary, represents this type of Christian. She sat at the feet of Jesus, longing to stay in His presence and listening with an open heart.
However, those who are prone to being more like Martha rush around putting out fires and in a constant state of emergency. They end up allowing precious time to be washed away forever.
Once we give our life to Jesus, His schedule is ours. Living for Christ we must follow the eternal wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Yes, we are busy, but busy-ness cannot replace fellowship with God. This is for our good. ‘ It is in His presence where we find our hope, our peace, our stability. He strengthens us with joy and feeds us His wisdom. No other relationship will do this for us. We need God more than we need anything or anyone.
Mary knew this and took in all she could from her Lord. Mary bathed herself in His presence and was filled with the light of truth.
Martha believed that the most important thing was to play out her role as a woman in a male dominated society. She did what was expected of her by the culture’s standards but Mary chose to do what God expected of her which was just to be; To be Mary, whom God created. She found herself at the feet of Jesus while Martha was still lost in the endless task of keeping things in order.
All of us are Mary sometimes and Martha sometimes. The goal is to become more and more what Jesus called us to be regardless of what the world is shouting at us.
Challenge: To Focus on God and find moments of intimacy with Him, is to align our hearts with peace and comfort and in that we will be able to hear God’s whisper.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.