and came to him, and said,
"Lord dost thou not care that my sister
hath left me to serve alone?
Bid her therefore that she help me.
And, Jesus answered and said unto her,
"Martha, Martha, thou are careful and troubled
about many things: but one thing is needful:
and Mary hath chosen that good part,
which shall not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:40-42 KJV
Martha bids Jesus welcome, flings
wide the door and greets Him warmly.
Then she turns away and races for the kitchen
to prepare a feast fit for the King of Kings!
Mary on the other hand, kneels before Him in
the threshold dust to wash His feet.
Up to her elbows in flour, kneading bread,
Martha lends half an ear to the Master's words.
Moreover, Mary, hungry for other things,
sits quietly consuming the "Bread of Life."
Martha works and frets and throws herself into
doing the things that need done. Planning,
preparing, performing, she chooses to do, to act,
At last, weary with doing all, she lashes
out at her idle sister Mary, who
still sits at the Savior's feet.
"Mary has chosen a different way, a better way."
The Master says.
Martha serves with distraction, labors under
the strain of self-sacrifice, obeys with a heart of
resentment and garnishes her offering with
Mary give only herself: a quiet soul, a listening
dove, a heart of adoration.
Nothing is more important to her than fellowship with
Jesus. She chooses the better way and her hunger is
Whenever I read the accounts of Martha and Mary,
I try to be brutally honest with myself
and I think about what I would do. I was much
like Martha in my youth, I needed a spotless house
for visitors to come and a perfect meal.
However, I've changed with aging! If Jesus came
to my home I wouldn't be thinking about food.
I hope that I would fall at His feet,
and soak up all that I could!!
I have to ask...
Are you more like Martha or Mary?
What would you do??