“Dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NLT
Just because something is good doesn’t always mean it is best.
Do you ever fill your life with so many good things-devotion to your family, church, career, and community-that you neglect your relationship with God? We shouldn’t let the gifts become more important than the One who gives them! To fulfill God’s destiny for your life, you actually don’t have to do more; you probably need to do less.
Take Jesus’ friends Mary and Martha, for example. One day they invited Jesus over for dinner. Mary spent her evening listening to Jesus. Martha on the other hand, was busy with hosting and worrying about hors d’oeuvres and countless other details.
Martha got upset because she was doing all the work while her sister sat with Jesus. That’s when Jesus gently corrected Martha: “My dear Martha, I see your hard work and appreciate it. But its distracting you from what I want most: your attention. All of your work is keeping you from what you need most: to sit at my feet and learn from me.”
An honest look at both Mary and Martha reveals two great attributes:
Martha’s organized nature and Mary’s relational nature, Martha’s devoted service and Mary’s devoted heart. It’s not a matter of “wrong vs right” but a matter of “important vs. necessary”
When your life is over, only one thing will really matter: Did you get to know the Son of God?