Thursday, September 13, 2012

Worried and Bothered

When Jesus and His disciples arrived in Bethany, Martha invited them into her home. Jesus goes into the other room and starts teaching, but Martha rushes into the kitchen and starts hurriedly preparing a meal for the crew. She’s running around the kitchen gathering ingredients, and it really bothers her that her sister Mary hasn’t lifted one finger to help her. Instead, Mary followed Jesus to the other room to listen to Him.

Let's think about this. God in a human body is sitting in her living room, revealing truths hidden from the beginning of time, but Martha is too busy to listen!  Meanwhile, Mary is taking in every word. Finally, Martha can’t take it anymore. She stomps into the living room, interrupts the Bible study, and tells Jesus to follow her orders. She says, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)

Martha is expecting Jesus to say, “Martha, you are so right! Doesn’t anyone here remember my teachings on being a servant? Take a look at my servant, Martha. Mary, you could learn a few things from her. Are you just trying to get out of work? Go help Martha set the table!” Instead of saying that, Jesus says something no one was expecting. "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part.” (Luke 10:41-42).

Martha was “worried and bothered.” Worry is the fear of every bad thing that might happen in the future. Being bothered means everyone and everything gets on your nerves. Does that describe you? What are you worried about?  What annoys you and gets on your nerves? The problem is not with the other people, but with you. Something is wrong inside your heart.

Martha was worried and bothered “about so many things.” That means Martha was constantly living stressed-out.  She was always worried about the future. She was continually bothered by the little things others did. As a result, she wasn't enjoying life. Her priorities were totally out of whack.

Jesus told her, “Only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part.” What was Mary doing that He wants us to see? It is so profoundly simple that it's simply profound. She made Jesus her highest priority. She hungered to hear what He had to say. And then she obeyed and followed His instructions. So if you were in the house that day, which one would you be like? Martha or Mary?

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