Luke 10:38–42 (NKJV)
Mary and Martha are contrasted in this passage. Martha is the hard-working, domestic-minded woman of the house, while Mary is the relational, inquisitive listener. As Martha is working hard to prepare food and drink and a hospitable environment for their guests, she eventually becomes agitated with Mary’s simply sitting at the feet of Jesus and asks Him to command her to help. Jesus simply responds that Mary has chosen the necessary thing, to hear the words and teaching of Christ.
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 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.”Luke 10:38-42
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Jesus’ response to Martha gives us much to consider. Especially in the world in which we live today, most people are busy with work and career, hobbies and activities, travel, entertainment,and the latest draw on time, social media. There is little time for reflection. There is almost no time for Biblical study and prayer, unless one makes it a priority. The enemy of our souls, Satan, busies us with many seemingly worthwhile pursuits to the point that we are unable to find time to simply listen to God and reflect on the content of His communication. He speaks to us through His Word and through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Slow down long enough to hear His voice and think about Him. This pursuit will enrich your soul, protect you from sin, heal your body and soul, and bring you closer to God. Don’t allow other activities, even serving, to crowd out the time you need with God one-on-one. In this particular story, it is the better way, the best way to be a Mary. Sit at Jesus feet and listen!