As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (MSG)
Here in Luke, we find Mary and Martha, who were sisters. Martha welcomed Jesus into their home as He was traveling. As Martha was running around like crazy trying to make sure everything looked and tasted perfect, Mary was in the living room just sitting at Jesus’ feet “listening” to Him. She was getting to know Him. Martha was after the task but Mary was after the relationship.
Lloyd Ogilvie, in his “Preacher’s Commentary” says, “It seems to me that the story really deals with our goals in life. What has our attention most of the time? Martha is focused on her own goal. She is so busy being gracious and polite and a good hostess that she has no time to be with the Lord. We may say that all we have—time, life, money—is the Lord’s, but does He have our attention? We may be too busy doing good works. You and I can lose sight of who we are and “whose” we are very easily. The good things in life—family, job, community service, even good works—can begin to choke out God’s life in us. As we make God and His presence in our lives our primary focus, we find HE is the key to everything.”
OK, here is my question for ALL of us, “Does Jesus have our attention; our full attention?”
Pastor Kevin Kinchen