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.
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?