Probably more than any other woman in the bible, I can relate to Martha the most. Particularly in Luke 10:38-42. If you’ve never read it, take the time to do so now.
I’m sure every woman out there can relate to Martha at some point in there lives because we are so busy! Whether it’s at home, work, school, church, community, we all have roles and responsibilities that can fill up our schedules and make us get stressed out.
The Lord has grown me quite a bit in this area, but I have to admit, there are times I let the distractions of daily life pull me away from my time with Jesus. He lovingly reminds me that out of everything I am responsible for doing, there is only one thing that is absolutely necessary, because out of it comes the Christ-like compassion and character that’s needed to glorify God as I minister in the different roles he has given me.
Jesus repeats to me the same words he spoke to Martha as she was burdened and bustling around… “One thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her”.
Mary was commended by the Lord for her choice to seek his face, sit at his feet, and soak up his word. Mary chose the good part and he was not going to pull her away from that intimate time with him. Martha had a choice too, but she was focused on the physical service to the Lord rather than the spiritual sustenance she would receive from Jesus. Mary had a heart to worship and Martha had a mind to work.
Jesus tells her that one thing is needful. That one thing is our worship. Does that mean we need to drop all of our other responsibilities and sit around and read the bible all day every day? Of course not, the Lord saved us to do good works, to evangelize, and disciple. As women he instructs us to minister to those in our home, and that requires a lot of work, but worship should always come first.
We want to be women with hearts like David who said in Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. He wanted to be in the presence of the Lord. He said in verse eight of that same Psalm “When thou saidst, seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” Seek the face of God first, and he’ll give you the grace and strength you need to serve others, in all of your different roles, for his glory.
The Devil will try to keep you lost in the fog of your flesh, and will drown out the Spirit’s voice with the noise of this world. He wants you:
- Distracted by worldly pursuits
- Daunted by daily plans
- Defeated by guilty pleasures
All to steal your peace, kill your joy, and destroy your testimony. That’s his agenda. He can’t take your salvation from you, but he can sure snatch your effectiveness. He knows that if you don’t spend time doing the one thing that is needful, you won’t be focused, faithful, or fruitful for the kingdom of God. Don’t let him have his way with you!
Carve out some time in your schedule to just read the Bible and pray. Let Jesus instruct and inspire you, so you can invest in ministry to those around you in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
If you have surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, you are his and he is yours, and he should be the priority of your life. He is worthy of that position, he earned it, he died for you so that you could live for him. Give Jesus the time he deserves.
~John 15:4-5~ Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.