I’ve always found this Bible passage a difficult one because I feel for Martha. There she was taking care of everyone while her little sister got to enjoy herself – it doesn’t seem fair. But this week’s Bible Burst led me to ask the question: Why didn’t Martha enjoy serving?
Martha, Martha, Martha… We cannot just go out and do and expect greatness – we must first have direction and meaningful purpose. If we do not first listen to what God wants of us, then our actions are just busy-ness without holiness as our end.
39. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40. 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.
41. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42. But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
It wasn’t Martha’s serving of others that was wrong – for…
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I don't call myself a poet — but the beating of my heart is poetry. I don't call myself a theologian — but the light of my mind seeks the Divine. Who I am is a Child of God, a Divine Creation, a person devoted to being fully human, fully alive.