Mary and Martha
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I imagine Martha as myself before a get together at my home. Meticulously inspecting every inch and running over possible scenarious of what people may or may not see in my home. Have I gotten the right foods, is my house appealing to others? But here comes Jesus and he says, "Amanda! Amanda! none of this matters. I'm calling you right now to listen to a friend, she doesn't care about the snacks you have out or how clean your house is, she just needs you to listen and maybe pray with her or show her just how uncomplicated a life serving me is. It's not all these chains the world tells us we need to drag around."
Sometimes it is time to sit at the feet of Jesus and hang on his every word. To bask in his prescense. How lucky was Mary that day! I can't tell you how many times I've longed to actually sit at the feet of Jesus and Martha had no clue she was missing such a precious moment that women like her would give anything for one day.
Martha also shows us how wrong we can be in correcting or chastising our sister's in Christ when we see them serving in a way that doesn't appeal to us or that we don't feel called to. Martha was angry at Mary for just sitting there when there was work to be done, but Mary was exactly where she needed to be.
I want to keep Mary always in my mind, so that when Jesus comes knocking or he brings someone to my door I will be ready to put aside the trivial things and focus on the heavenly things. Remember when the earth comes to pass there will probably be dirty dishes in your sink, laundry piled in the wash room, unpainted walls, and undecorated rooms, but there will be Jesus. He is forever and His purpose is the most important thing we have to live for.