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Thoughts on Jesus’ Visit in Martha’s Home


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. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 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. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

-Luke 10:38-42

To summarize, Martha invited Jesus into her house. Martha was all in a panic trying to do everything and prepare. Meanwhile, Martha’s sister, Mary, was sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening.

There must be a balance between the two. Jesus commends Mary for listening and calls Martha out for working rather than joining her sister. Sometimes, serving Jesus can actually be a distraction from Him.

Martha was all in a panic! She asked if Jesus would tell Mary to help her. Martha should have spent time with Jesus, she was burned out yet still bustling about. She chose to be busy instead.

It was Mary’s time to listen to Jesus. They had set aside time for him to come and visit. But if she spends all her time at Jesus’ feet, how will others hear about him?

So, we have to strive for balance. If we are too much of Martha, we’ll be burned out doing everything without knowing Jesus. If we are too much of Mary, we’ll know Jesus, but won’t do anything with it.


What about you? How do you stay balanced?


2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Jesus’ Visit in Martha’s Home”

  1. Skewed, but the idea of this is good. The point of the story is that we’re supposed to make time for God and Christ. It’s not about spending all the time listening/learning about Jesus vs spending time serving him. The point of the message is that we’re supposed to reserve time for him. We’re supposed to MAKE TIME out of our busy schedules to sit down, despite the hubbub going on around us, and just listen to him teaching us, so that we can go back to the work with a renewed spirit.

    What Martha was doing was cleaning up, clearing the dishes, washing them, putting food away. What Jesus was trying to tell her is that “it will all get done in good time, but spending time with Me matters more than cleaning up all the dirty dishes in the world”.

    This has nothing to do with serving Jesus and spreading the gospel. It’s a very personal message about every Christian’s individual walk with God, and how we can hurt it by thinking we’re doing “God’s work” when we’re really just being too busy to have some personal time for God to come first in, where we just take a moment and dwell with Him and leave our worldly things aside. This story is about putting your work first, or God first. God and your time with Him should always come first, no matter what the work is that you’re doing.


    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! The way I saw it, was tying the ‘You Can’t Pour From an Empty Pitcher’ with it. Martha doing dishes is a good thing, but it was clearly stressing her out that she expected Mary to help her. If we’re busy doing things, no matter what it is we’re doing, we’ll get stressed out. Spending time at Jesus’ feet, exactly as you say, we have to clear time from our work and busyness to do so. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😀


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