Luke 10:39 “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.”
Luke 10:40 “But Martha was cumbered (distracted) about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.”
Luke 10:41 “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful (anxious) and troubled about many things.”
What is Christ trying to teach us in this scenario? As Christian women, we live in a hectic, busy, world – one with deadlines, “to do” lists not to mention moms who drive their children and all the other children in the neighbor to soccer practice, basketball practice, piano lessons, etc. At work, we have deadlines, dinners to attend, etc., entertainment (this is a huge distraction) all those things, which in and of itself is not evil; but too much activity and leaving out the most important things in our spiritual life can truly make our branch of the vine wither, if we don’t stoop at Christ’s feet, which is His word and speak with Him, it is worth nothing. We will not enjoy the spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith that we so desire and lack in our society. (Galatians 5:22)
What’s more, how do people view you? How do other mothers see you? What example do you set to your children? Most important, what does your Heavenly Father and Brother Jesus Christ think of you? He wants you to be fed, not only physical food that the Israelites ate daily or it would spoil, but the manna from heaven, Christ’s own words.
Christ also gave another parable concerning a feast that had been prepared and invited many. Let’s look at this also an indication how Christ’s views sitting at His feet listening to His words compared to spiritual food (the Bible).
Luke 14:16 “Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
Luke 14:17 “And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now (spiritual food – Bible) ready.”
Luke 14:18 “And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.”
Lu ke 14:19 “And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.”
Luke 14:20 “And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.”
Luke 14:21 “So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.”
Luke 14:24 “For I say unto you that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper (spiritual food – manna).”
Now as all these things are not bad in themselves, they are very good, in fact, but why was the Christ angry?
Purchasing a piece of land.
Proving his oxen.
Marries a wife.
What did Christ say to Martha concerning Mary…..
Luke 10:42 “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Let’s take in God’s spiritual food, God’s manna, His word, and build a prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ and our Father. We will become filled with more and more of His spirit, which will include these things “joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness faith, etc.”
And let us leave a legacy for our children to include in their lifelong pursuit of happiness. Let’s not let Christ have to say to us “Martha, Martha.”
The song below has great meaning for me as a mother teaching my children that God comes first everyday. To stop the sound on my blog post, see the right side of the page and click on the pause button.
And she never went to bed ’til late
Yet, I never heard her complainin’
About her family of eight
There were times she should have been sleepin’
But, late in the midnight hour
She’d get down on her knees
And you could hear her say,
“Lord fill them will your power”[Chorus]
Mama like to burn the midnight oil
Down on her knees in prayer
If you asked why she did it
She said she did it care she cared
Now Mama always talked to Jesus
When she knelt by her rocking chair
Oh, I’m glad my mama was willin’
To burn the midnight oil in prayer
Now Mama’s gone [so quickly]
I’ve got a family of my own
Yet, whenever the clock strikes midnight
You will find me all alone
That’s when I start to call upon Jesus
For His wisdom and His power
Cause it seems that He loves
To hear a Daddy’s prayer
Even in the midnight hour
Years from now, when my grown little boy
Has a family of his own
Will he kneel down and pray
When the hour gets late
And pass the legacy on
Cause now there’s a Daddy who’s willing
To burn the midnight oil in prayer