But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)
Relate: Life is busy. There is so much to be done. From the moment I wake up to the moment I rest my head on the pillow, I am juggling the details of life. When company comes to town, the list of chores grows. The house needs to sparkle and shine, extra food needs to be purchased, and the meal needs to be timed perfectly. I am a doer. I feel the world is right as I check items off my list of tasks.
As I read the interaction between Martha and Jesus, the words jumped from the page into my heart. I am a Martha. I frequently let the tasks of living and the work of helping a church function take the place of sitting at the feet of Jesus. The great majority of my time in the church is spent working on the details and the application of creating a smooth Sunday morning for those in attendance. I am, like Martha, often frustrated by others’ lack of participation in the processes and details of a worship service.
React- Jesus was not telling Martha that the work does not need to be done, nor was he telling her to never work again. Instead, he was, in a loving reprimand, asking her to keep him the focus. There is only one thing worth being concerned about: Jesus. God does not want our actions, he wants our love. Our actions will stem from our love, not distract us from it.
I feel challenged to put my list down and focus on the reason for living rather than the details of life. The list can wait while I spend some time with the one who gives me purpose, hope, and a future. God is not asking me to do more. He is asking me to be with him and to allow the actions to be an outpouring of my love rather than one more item on the list of things to be done.