When is the last time you took a personality quiz on social media? Which Steel magnolia character were you? What Disney princess are you most like? Are you a Monica or a Rachel? That one was my favorite!
Let’s take a peek at our scripture for today then take quick quiz of our own.
Luke 10:38-42 (RSV)
Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Let’s think about it
Do you love to throw dinner parties? Are you in the kitchen cooking, placing the dinnerware and adjusting the lighting for a perfect table setting? Or do you find yourself lounged in the sitting room with the guests, visiting and taking little to no time refilling a glass of tea because you hope everyone feels ‘at home’ enough to get it themselves?
I’m usually enjoying life in the kitchen. I like to prep and man the food treys while refilling the drinks and making sure there are no new smudges or spills on the kitchen floor, the living room floor or the laundry room floor. Wait, why am I worried about the laundry room floor in the middle of a dinner party?????
I’m a Mary.
Mary is consumed with ‘serving’ and when I read this passage, I see her cooking, cleaning, and completing a multitude of other tasks in order to receive guests in her home. These tasks are necessary, yet Jesus asks her to stop and reconsider her priorities while she is busy. She was so involved in all her busywork, she overlooked the most important guest sitting in her home at that very moment in time.
Do you love to serve your church? When it comes to serving our church family and community sometimes we get so focused on the busy work and we forget why the task at hand is so important. We must reconsider our priorities and realign our hearts so that while in the act of serving, we remain focused entirely on our guest. It may be the person we are attempting to minister to or the presence of our Savior himself.
Are you a Mary or a Martha?
Let’s Pray About it
Dear Heavenly Father, we neglect spending time with you and overlook opportunities to minister to others. Please help us keep our priorities straight as we serve our church family and community so that we do not become focused on busy work and loose sight of the fact our works are to be completed for your glory. Amen