We can easily understand how Martha felt when Jesus was invited into her home (Luke 10:38-42). The news of Him spread because of His miracles and unique teaching. For Martha, Jesus deserved royal treatment! We are not told details of how she “served,” but it was a major “distraction.”
As many have pointed out, Martha’s serving was not wrong, but she had not weighed its importance in light of this divine visitor “teaching” in her home. Well prepared food, a nicely arranged table and making sure all the guests were ‘at home’ are all good things, but they are meaningless compared to receiving divine instruction that shapes faith.
On the other hand, Mary discerned the she could learn deep spiritual things from Jesus that she could not find anywhere else. It is not that we can live without food, but there are occasions in our lives when we need to make careful choices between what is temporal and what is eternal.
From my years of getting up early and spending time alone with the Lord, gleaning from His Word, and seeking the instruction of the Holy Spirit, I can understand Mary’s choice. These are rich moments I treasure. To make sure those in the house understood Mary’s decision, Jesus defends Mary; “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (10:42).
I strongly encourage you to rethink your choices. Take a piece of paper and make two columns: TEMPORARY and ETERNAL. Then write down in the appropriate column all the things you do for one day. Would you make any changes in your life? Write down when you will make these changes.
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