Don’t you wish people had last names in the Bible? I used to think that Jesus’s last name was Christ…..and while I am guessing that might be partly true, no one seemed to think that was important…..back in the day. People were referred to as, Joseph of Arimathea, the rich man who took the body of Jesus and placed him in the tomb. Then there was John the Baptist, who loved locusts, honey and camping…..(well, he did live in the desert of Judea)…
But today I am talking about Mary. Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. The Bible says that Jesus and his disciples came to a village and Martha opened up their home to them. Obviously there was a lot to accomplish before the men arrived and Martha began preparing immediately.
Here’s the deal….once Jesus arrived, Mary went in, sat at His feet and listened to Him speak. Martha, in the meantime, is cooking, scrubbing, and baking, when she looks up and can’t find her sister. She immediately went to Jesus and says, “Lord! Don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Jesus answered, “Martha, 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.”
In all Martha’s busyness, she lost sight of the importance of spending time with the Lord. It wasn’t that she didn’t know what it was to enjoy His company, but she chose a different priority.
Jesus is showing Martha that our relationship with Him is to have first place above all else in life. Both women expressed their love and care for Jesus through their actions, but Mary chose the better way.
Here are my own thoughts…….If this were today….my sister would immediately begin preparations, and would have a fantastic table set with beautiful flowers, etc! I, however, would be in the other room, possibly laying on the couch, listening to Jesus….well, mainly hiding from my sister so I wouldn’t have to help! After holiday meals, my sister was always in the kitchen cleaning while I moved things around on the table and pretended to be busy. This doesn’t mean that I am “like” Mary…it just reminds me of how lazy I was and how productive my sister is!! I couldn’t help but start laughing when I was reading this and imagined that (as Mary) I would totally have stuck out my tongue and then given Jesus my wide-eyed, angelic look.
Ooops, that totally took me in a different direction, but the point is that nothing should supersede the believer’s relationship with Christ. And even while carring out the Lord’s work, we can lose sight of our first priority, which is becoming closer and more intimate with Christ.
I want to have Mary’s heart…..not only because she was able to get out of work….(just kidding, sorta) but Mary had a desire to have a closeness with her Lord. THAT should be our number one priority!