“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 10:41-42 NIV
Jesus and his disciples had come to the home of Lazarus for a visit. While he was there, Lazarus’ sister Martha was busy cooking dinner and making other arrangements for entertaining her guests. And while she was hurriedly rushing about, her sister Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to what he had to say. Finally, Martha had enough and asked Jesus to send Mary to the kitchen to help with dinner.
Jesus’ gentle rebuke to Martha is very instructional. How often do I get so busy that I fail to spend time sitting at Jesus’ feet. It seems like there is always something that needs to be done. And after I do this one pressing thing, I will have the time to spend with Jesus. But that one more thing ends up being one more, and one more, and one more, endlessly. And all the time Jesus is calling for me to come and spend time with him.
Clearly there are some things I need to do in this life. I don’t believe that Jesus is telling us to drop everything and spend 24 hours a day sitting at his feet. But I do believe that Jesus is telling us that there is nothing more important in this life than spending time with him. We need to make it a priority to spend some time each day sitting at his feet. Martha’s service was good, and important, but Mary choose the better way.