As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and ask, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left em to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“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.”
Commentary & Questions
Take a moment to reflect on your life right now.
What has your day looked like so far? Your week? Your month? Your year?
If you were to write yourself into this story in Scripture, who would you relate to?
Do you relate to Mary? — Have you been quietly sitting at the Lord’s feet listening to the love and wisdom that He has to share with you?
Do you relate to Martha? — Have you been aware of God’s presence but unable – or even, unwilling – to sit with Him? Or, do you relate to Martha because you are caught up with DOING things FOR Jesus rather than BEING WITH Jesus.
Spend some time in conversation with the Lord today. (If you can, find a quiet space with no one around.) As you pray, tell Him about what is going on in your life/heart as you reflect on the story of Mary and Martha. Then, listen and allow His Spirit to speak to you. If you need to be convicted, I pray that you are. If you need to be encouraged, I pray that you are. But most of all, I pray that you would remember that the God of the universe LOVES you and wants to spend time with you.
Devotional Author: Whitney Elliott