Living a Mary or a Martha Life

Luke 10:38-42 KJV

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Can you imagine being Mary or Martha, knowing that Jesus was coming to your home?  How would you respond?  Would you be worried, nervous, carefree, calm, composed or tranquil?

I think my mind would be going a hundred miles a minute.  Did I remember fresh water?  Did I make sure the food was fresh? Did I know there was a soft clean place for him to sit?  Did my surroundings look clean and inviting?  Did I, did I, did I?

As we read Luke 10, we see Martha is cumbered.  Meaning: hinder; hamper. overload; burden. inconvenience; trouble.
When have you been cumbered?  For myself, work can be a place of overload and I can leave with a heavy burden of not getting a deadline done or a task complete. At times, I am asked to help out and find myself saying, no as it seems like to much of a hindrance.
These are the times, I know I need to reach for my bible and read. I know if I am open to the Holy Spirit, I will read what I need to know.  It might not be the exact answer, I thought I needed but I do know it is exactly what God wanted for me to read.
Thus the next time you feel like a Martha read Psalm 56:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never sever the righteous to be moved.   
Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word.  Mary was totally engaged in taking every word, syllabub, sound, vowel and letter and letting them seep into her ears, head, heart and soul; she was tranquil and full of love for Jesus.  When was the last time you allowed Jesus to seep into your soul?
In today’s world, we need Marthas to serve and Marys to listen but in order to serve Jesus Christ faithfully and with a joyful heart we need to be a Mary and listen and take in all that Jesus has to teach us.
My prayer for you today:  May you be a Mary and have opened your heart to the love of Jesus Christ.  Do you know Jesus as your personal Saviour and Lord?
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have a life through his name.
Do you believe?


5 thoughts on “Living a Mary or a Martha Life

  1. Yolanda says:

    I love your honesty about what you believe. You are leaving a testimony of truth on this blog. Yes, too often, I too am a Mary. I am seeking this year to, as the old hymn says, “Take time to be holy.” May God sustain you.

    • Thank you, I am happy you took the time to read and reply. Everyday I ask God, “What is your will for me today?” May I be a light for someone else who could be in darkness. Praise God for using me for his will. May you feel the warmth and love of God surround you each and everyday. 🙂

  2. Yolanda says:

    Pardon me, make that too often I am a Martha, but I want to learn to be a Mary.

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