I Would Rather Stay Busy than be with Jesus.
Do you ever feel like a chicken running around with your head cut off? Seriously. Do you ever feel like you just can’t get yourself together? Like you’re so busy that you just can’t get control over anything?
If you ever feel that way, I think you can relate to Martha super well.
The Bible tells us the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Mary and Martha were sisters. Jesus was passing through their town and stopped by their home. Mary and Martha were eager to open their home up to Jesus (duh, who wouldn’t be?). So the Bible tells us that Jesus came into their home and Mary sat at his feet and listened to what Jesus had to say, but Martha didn’t. She was too distracted by all of preparations that had to be made.
The dinner needs to be cooked, the laundry needed to be done, the dishes needs to be washed, the grass needs to be mowed, the bills need to be paid, the kids need to be picked up from school, etc.
Do you ever feel like you can’t spend time with Jesus because you’re too busy? Like you don’t have enough time for him?
Martha was so focused on making preparations for Jesus while he was visiting them that she forgot to even spend time with Him. Martha was so focused on making sure that the house was prepared for His visit, that she never even considered stopping to actually see Him. Worshipping Him. Glorifying Him. Growing closer to Him. Learning from Him.
Instead, she was scrambling around to make things perfect.
As she was running around like a mad woman, she asked Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” and Jesus says, “Martha, Martha, you are worried about many things, but few things are needed or indeed only one. Mary has chosen the better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
As you can see, Mary chose the better option.
She chose not to worry. She chose not to let stress get the best of her. Instead of obsessing over everything being perfect, she was simply obsessed with the perfect one. And we can even take that a step further; Mary came to Jesus as she was. She didn’t feel like she needed to clean up all the sin in her life before she could sit at Jesus’ feet. She just saw that He was there and went to Him. Mary saw that Jesus came to her and met her where she was and she chose to meet Him. She made the conscious decision to follow Him. She chose the better life.
I think sometimes we feel as if we need time to clean ourselves up before we can encounter Jesus. We feel as if we can’t reach out to Him because He is the holiest form of holy and we can’t even compare so we can’t be connected; but in reality that’s the opposite of who Jesus is. Jesus came and lived a sinless life so that it didn’t have to be that way. He came so that we could come as we are, so that we don’t have to clean ourselves up before we see Him. We have a Savior who takes our hand and walks with us and helps us clean up our acts. We can’t do it without Him. But sometimes we get so caught up in the circus that we call “life” that we forget about the elephant in the room.
Jesus was literally sitting in Martha’s home and she still couldn’t sit and talk with him. So, believe me, it’s not just you who struggles with it.
The real question is: Are you Mary or are you Martha? Are you Martha? Have you chosen to be consumed by stress, worry, anxiety, and the things of the world? Or are you Mary? Have you chosen to sit at Jesus’ feet and live The Better Life with Him? If you’re a Martha, you can choose right now to be a Mary and all it takes is choosing Jesus.