(38) Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. (39) And she had a sister Mary, which also sat at Jesus feet, and heard his word. (40) But Martha was cumbered about much serving, 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. (41) And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha thou art careful and troubled about many things. (42) But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part. Which shall not be taken away from her. ( Like 10:38-42 KJV)
A couple of weeks ago. God spoke the words to me. I need for you to take in more of me than what you are putting out. You see I was getting to the point where every time I opened my bible it was looking for a word to share on here. However, what God was telling me sometimes we just need to sit in the presence of the Lord. A person can’t put out what they don’t have. Everything that we take in will eventually come out. I spent a couple of weeks pondering this God lead me to the story of Martha and Mary.
The scripture says that Jesus entered into a certain village and that a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. The scripture also let’s us know that she had a sister named Mary which also sat at Jesus feet and heard his word. Mary and Martha represents the two types of people in the church. Let’s first take a look at Martha. Martha she represents those in the church who we find always working. Their on this committee and that. Running here and there making sure that Sunday service goes on with out a hitch. If there’s a special program such as a church anniversary or a revival you best believe they are somewhere on the program. Pay attention to this verse 38 says Martha received him into her house. So Martha received Jesus. Just as many in the church have received Jesus, but then they get busy in the church trying to serve him. Martha spent much of her time running to and fro trying to serve the Lord. That she neglected to spend intimate time with him. A lot of the times we can become so busy trying to serve that we neglect the intimacy of a personal relationship with Christ. Then there are those in the church who is like Mary. Mary represents those who spend time in the word. They may not be overly active in church activities but you can spot them because usually they speak with wisdom. You can tell someone who spends time in the word. Vs 39 mentions And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus feet, and heard his word. Note this. It says that Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet. The word also shows me that Mary did not sit at Jesus feet alone. Martha too sat but eventually got up to serve. The scripture says that Mary heard his word. The difference between Mary and Martha is that Mary sat long enough to hear the word.
(40) But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
The scripture says that Martha was cumbered about serving. The word cumbered means to hinder, hamper or obstruct; to encumber by being in the way. It’s strange to think that serving the Lord can actually hinder us from hearing from him. It can. If we become so concerned about doing the work but not spending the quality time. Here’s the thing about the Martha types. They sometimes see serving as a substitute for intimacy. Often times they are offended when they feel as though they are serving alone. We can see her frustration when she asked the Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to come and help me. A lot of the times when we go to God with a complaint against someone else we sound a lot like Martha. We point out the good we are doing (her mentioning that she was serving alone) and we point out what someone else isn’t doing (the fact that Mary wasn’t serving).
(41) And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: (42) But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Jesus’ answer surprised her however. Martha was so concerned about getting things in order for the Lord. That she became overly worried. I want for you to get this. Jesus was there. However, she wasn’t able to bask in his presence because her mind was distracted by other things. God desires intimacy with us. How can we truly know what God has called us to do. If we neglect our private time with him. As I was preparing this God brought to my mind a married couple. The husband spends all of his time working to provide for his family. Anytime there is overtime he’s there. In his mind he’s doing it for his family so that his family may be able to have what they need. His wife however does not care about the extra. She just want the intimacy with her husband that she can’t get because he is too busy with other things. You see Martha and the husband and Jesus and the wife had one thing in common. Martha and the husband felt what they were doing was right. They were both looking to please. Martha was looking to please Jesus. The husband looking to please his wife. When all Jesus wanted and all the wife wanted was time. Jesus told Martha but one thing is needful. The word needful means essential. He was telling her you’re worried about the wrong things. Mary has chosen the good part. The time that she has spent with me. It will not be taken away from her. A person who spends time in the presence of the Lord gains wisdom and insight. Eventually what they learned from the Lord will come out but we can’t give what we don’t have. Let me ask you this question. What is more important Serving? Or Ministering to someone needs? You may be asking well Aqua isn’t that the same thing. No, not at all I can go to Red Lobster and be served by a waiter but the meal he serves me will only last for so long. I can have a need and be ministered to with the word that can carry me on through a dark season. A person who does not spend time with God. Will not be able to give you the word. I don’t care how sweet of a person they are. I don’t even care if they have the best intentions.
In Psalm 46:10 it says Be still, and know that I am God. There is a peace that comes with being still in God’s presence. It is there that he gives wisdom and direction. It is there that we get rest. Where we’re not so easily frustrated. God’s work will always get done but he doesn’t want for us to get burned out either. God wants for us to know that there is one thing that is needful for a successful relationship with him. That’s quite time with just you and him.