If I’m honest, the Martha and Mary story (Luke 10:38-42) always makes me a bit defensive. And I know it is because a handful of my weaknesses are exposed.
“Martha is the one who invited Jesus over,” I say.
“Martha is cleaning the house and preparing food...making the guests feel welcome and comfortable,” I say.
God is so good to preserve this story in all its detail for people like me!
Yes, Martha recognized how important Jesus is...enough to invite Him over. And yes, Martha is doing good work that needs to be done. But it is not the BEST work. Sitting at the feet of Jesus and letting other things go — a messy house, things not as Pinteresty as they could be, a meal not quite perfect — is the most important thing at this moment.
I need this story as much as I hate to see myself in Martha.
God, help me always put you in the proper position in my life. Help me let everything else go when it competes with sitting at your feet.