“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things” – Luke 10:41.
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” Luke 10:39-42. Normally one would look at Martha’s behavior and think it is actually good and thoughtful. She demonstrates hospitality by welcoming Jesus into their home and over and above that she then busies herself with the tasks of serving their guest. Reasonable, isn’t it?
Much of our busyness and distraction stem from the noblest of intentions. We want to provide for our families, we want to give our children every opportunity to enrich their lives, we want to serve our neighbors and yes, we want to serve the Lord. But, all our activities leave us with no time to be still in the Lord’s presence and hear God’s word; they leave no time for us to fellowship with God. In our ‘busy’ state, we are most likely to end up distracted, anxious and troubled.
God has called us so we can come to know him (John 17:3). It is possible to be so busy with God’s work that we neglect to come to know Him. Luke tells us that when Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary that “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40). There was nothing wrong with what Martha was doing, but Mary chose to do the most important thing – to spend time with Jesus, to get to know Him and to listen to Him. Fellowship is the most important thing God wants from us. He wants us to come to know Him, to be with Him, to spend time with Him.
Jesus set an example for us when He slowed the pace of His life to spend time with the Father. He knew the importance of quiet moments. He often went into the mountains to pray. We need to come to a realization of the importance of having a quiet time with God, to look forward to being alone with Him and to listen to Him for comfort and direction in our lives. When we make fellowship with God a priority, all of the urgent issues in our lives seem to fall into place. Jesus is the source of everything in our lives, He gives meaning to our lives and we should therefore do the best we can to be in constant communion and fellowship with Him.