“…Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” [Luke 10:40b]
Let’s look beyond the obvious this morning – not a choice of activity or inactivity, but something more to be learned from the Mary/Martha syndrome. Mary had chosen a better way. Martha’s ‘way’ was to grumble, complain and compare her activity to Mary’s seeming inactivity. It was Martha’s attitude that was in question. Her attitude was due to how she perceived what she was doing; she compared it to Mary and decided her task was of greater importance and wanted help doing it. Jesus assured her it was not. ”Martha – you are worried and upset about many things but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” [Luke 10:41-42]
Recently I was awakened with the wisdom wrapped up in these words. “Your life is full of what you are focused on.” With the sense of divine presence came the awareness that whatever life was full of became a magnet to more of the same, but you choose the attitude with which you respond!
When you ‘see’ and hear Jesus in the activity of the day there is no room for grumbling, complaining or comparing. To see Him is to know the importance of the moment regardless of the task at hand.
Further Reading: Luke 10; Psalm 23; Proverbs 16:23-33