Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed 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 up 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, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
A few years ago God gave me a phrase to reflect on. Be a Mary more often than a Martha. I wrote it on a ceramic tray and displayed it in my dining room as a constant reminder. Anyone close to me knows I enjoy serving others. I enjoy creating an atmosphere that allows people to feel as important and valued as I see them. Especially by preparing a meal. Food brings comfort in any situation.
Serving can be hard work though and can be especially frustrating when those that live with you don’t care nearly as much as you do. Can I get an amen from every mom out there?! I find myself relating to Martha because of this. She just wanted to show Jesus that she valued His presence in her home. But Jesus so kindly brings her to Him. I just picture Jesus putting His arm around her, while shaking His head “Martha, Martha” as if they had been through this before. “You are anxious and troubled about many things”. He sees her, He knows where her heart is but reminds her that His presence will always offer the “good portion”.
So why the phrase Be a Mary more often than a Martha? Because Mary chose the good portion. It reminds me that finding myself in His presence more often will allow that Presence to be a bigger part of my serving. I want to be more like Mary. I want to ignore what is going on around me when His presence is invited into the places I’m at. I want to be so enthralled in Him that it doesn’t matter what environment is created around me. I choose the good portion. I want the Presence that can’t be taken away