DayBreaks for 07/24/19: What Martha Needed to Learn
Luke 10:38-42 (CSBBible) – While they were traveling, he entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Poor Martha. She was doing what she could to serve her honored guest. She was working hard to serve him. But she missed the point, much like me.
What was the one thing that was necessary? In the final analysis it wasn’t serving Jesus. It was letting Jesus serve her needs. It is why Jesus said he came (Mt. 10:45).
It is easy to understand Martha’s position. Who wouldn’t want to serve God if he showed up at your doorstep? The point is that Jesus came there not to be served, but to serve them.
A teacher serves by teaching his students. Jesus was serving by teaching – and Mary understood that was what she needed, in fact, it is what we all need.
Are you so busy serving Jesus that you’re not letting him serve you through his Spirit, his Word, his family and worship? Let’s take a lesson from Martha and let Jesus serve us.
PRAYER: Forgive our frantic rushings-about and let us receive the fulness of what you came to give to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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