Read: Luke 10:38-42
But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. Luke 10:40
Martha and Mary were hosting Jesus and his disciples for dinner and Martha was doing what, by all rights, she should have been doing. In their culture the hostess would prepare a meal and tend to the needs and comfort of their guests. Mary, on the other hand, was sitting and listening to Jesus teach like a disciple would. Culturally speaking men were disciples – not women.
There are two lessons here that I want to draw out. The first is that Martha was so focused on her responsibility that she missed the opportunity to be with Jesus.
Now I don’t think that the moral of this story is that we need to shirk our responsibilities and sit around and pray all day. In fact, I think everyone would have been disappointed (and hungry) if Martha had not gotten a meal together for the party.
The moral of the story is that we must have our eyes open, even in the midst of our responsibilities for opportunities to connect with Jesus. Task oriented people (I can be one at times), can get so consumed with the task that they miss relationships. Jesus is saying “no matter what the task, don’t miss your relationship with me. Make time, keep your eyes open and don’t be so blinded by busyness that you miss out on the more important thing – moments with me.”
The other lesson that I want to point out is that Mary was intently sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to him talk. As I already stated, first century Jewish culture didn’t have a place for women being disciples, yet Jesus had many women who were part of His following, who learned the same lessons as the guys, and who played vital roles in ministry, both while He was here and after He left.
Jesus empowerment of women was countercultural, and ultimately gave women a place at the table of ministry and life. He really was a radical…
Lord Jesus, thank you for making me for and calling me to be in a relationship with you. Forgive me for when I have let busyness blind me to your presence and the opportunities to sit at your feet. Help me to get stuff done and at the same time find moments or breaks to sit at your feet, and help me to practice your presence all day long. In Jesus’ name, amen.