Are you Martha or Mary?
Luke 10:48- 4238 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary - Jesus first, Work second
Martha- Work first, Jesus second
So the reason I felt prompted to write this in the first place is because I've been such a Martha these past few months, maybe even years. Because what Martha does isn't "bad" it's so hard to recognize, and so easy to justify.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. This verse is so crucial to finding the right balance. The right balance means always putting God first, and everything else second. Just like in our day to day lives when we have our priorities straight everything else takes it's appropriate and healthy place. If you want a boyfriend don't just go and FIND a boyfriend, FIRST ask God to give you patience and direction and THEN keep your eyes open. Don't try to walk before you've stood up.
In this passage Martha isn't ACTIVELY doing anything bad, in fact she is serving Jesus by running around and making sure everyone is well fed and taken care of. When I read this passage it reminded me of college when I was the president of our Christian Fellowship, and would spend more time Googling topics to teach then praying about what the group needed to hear, and I cared more about the lighting and chair placement then the content I was delivering. It sounds so horrible but it can happen so easily!
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying googling and chair placement is "bad" by any stretch, but I am saying that it's so important to always check your motives and priorities. Be intentional about recognizing when God is in last place and everything else in your life has taken center stage, if you see this happening then take action! Pray, read your bible, talk about God with a friend, do whatever you need to put him back in the center!
It's hard to explain and something you must experience, but when God is first in your life you will have so much more hope, joy, and contentment REGARDLESS of the circumstance. You are reminded that your problems whether big or small have nothing on a Holy God!
"Jesus FIRST, Work SECOND"