“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
In the story of Martha and Mary, Martha did all the right things; she welcomed Jesus and went about completing all the tasks necessary to entertain a special guest. Martha had her list and stuck to it, after all, so much needed to be done. Are you a list-maker? Do you carve up each and every day with things to do? We all lead busy lives to be sure, not enough time in the day, is there? But we do have a choice in how we choose to live our lives; we can choose to be busy with things, or we can choose to draw closer to the One that truly offers something far more precious than even the culmination of the tasks we accumulate for ourselves can. When Jesus said, “I came so that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly,” (John 10:10) He offered us a gift. When Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened she was being offered the abundance that only a relationship with Jesus could offer. The abundance that is offered has nothing to do with completion of tasks or the accumulation of stuff, rather it has everything to do with a relationship that seeks nothing more than for us to know the grace, hope, and joy that is eternal. Have you ever tried to get to know somebody by never talking to them, or listening, or spending time with them? Relationships build only by spending time with another and learning more about them. So it is with Jesus; if you truly want to know God, take the time by hanging out with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Sometimes that means time in prayer, other times in study, and still other times just serving the people whom Jesus loves. Take some time with the Lord; you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. Choose wisely and follow the Lord; you will receive a gift that can never be taken away. Thank you Jesus.