Mary and Martha

December 6, 2017


It seems like life is just one constant season of hurry.

We live in a world that thrives on business. We run and run until we simply cannot anymore.

Here at Jacksonville State University, there is a girl’s ministry that meets roughly once a month called The Watering Hole. Each meeting consists of a routine similar to a church service — there is worship, speaking, sometimes an activity, and a time of prayer and reflection. At the last gathering, the speaker briefly spoke of a small section in Luke chapter 10.

In the story, two sisters named Mary and Martha live in a village that Jesus passes through. If you’ll notice closely in the story, Martha invites Jesus inside. Yet, once Jesus is literally in her home, all Martha can worry about is making sure everything is perfect. She keeps running around worrying about the small things of the world.

Like always, Jesus quietly calms her, saying, “…Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-42 ESV).”

Martha is upset that her sister is just sitting at the feet of Jesus listening and not helping her, but Jesus says that Mary chose the right thing. Jesus is not saying not to work hard or to avoid common household chores, but how many times is Jesus in our presence after we invite Him in, and then we ignore Him when He comes?

I can literally hear Jesus in my head saying the same thing to me — “Lauren, Lauren, you are anxious and troubled about many things…,” and I feel ashamed.

Now I am no expert, but I do not think this was Jesus’ intent. I don’t think He wanted to upset Martha, He just wanted to draw awareness to her priorities.

So…where are your priorities? If Jesus was sitting on the couch in your home right now, would you be more concerned with the ringing phone, the things to check off in your planner, and the laundry that has to get done? I would like to confidently answer that I would just want to be at His feet, that I would be content there. But I know myself…but I also know His grace.

He knows we can’t do it on our own, and that’s when he gently whispers that the good portion is ours for the taking…we just have to take it.

Wherever you may be in life today, I hope you try to be a Mary girl in a Martha world. Slow down. Sit at His feet. Be with Him. Be ALL there with Him. Choose the good portion.

From my struggling Martha heart to yours,


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