Archive for February 29th, 2008

A Time to Sit

Friday, February 29th, 2008

“And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. . . .” (Luke 10:39–40)

When the Lord walked this earth, He had no place to call home (see Matthew 8:20).  But there was something He liked about a home in Bethany where a man named Lazarus lived with his two sisters, Mary and Martha.  Maybe Martha was a great cook.  Perhaps they were wonderful hosts.

Mary and Martha were quite different from each other.  Mary was the quiet, contemplative type.  Martha was the grab-the-bull-by-the-horns, assertive type.

One day, Jesus came to their home.  Martha thought it would be a good idea to make Him a meal.  She went into the kitchen and started working.  Meanwhile, Mary thought it would be a great opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear what He had to say.  As Mary was sitting there, taking it all in, Martha was working frantically in the kitchen, growing more frustrated because Mary was not helping her.

Finally, she could not contain herself any longer.  She came out of the kitchen, and looking down at Mary and Jesus, said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (Luke 10:40).

Jesus responded, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (vv. 41–42).

Sometimes we can do the same thing.  We can get so worked up.  Like Martha, we sometimes offer activity instead of adoration, work instead of worship, and perspiration instead of inspiration.  There is a time to sit and there is a time to move.