BEING with Jesus is Always Better than Being BUSY for Jesus

(Luke 10:38-42)
 
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Jesus is out and about doing his customary preaching, teaching, and healing ministry. For the most part, logistically speaking, he relied upon the generosity of his friends for shelter, rest, and sustenance. Hospitality was huge in ancient mid-eastern cultures so when Jesus decides to “drop in” on Martha’s home it sent shock waves of hurry, worry, and super scurry into her central nervous system. The house needed cleaning, water needed fetching the hearth needed stoking and supper needed starting. Although she was honored that this esteemed rabbi chose her humble abode to hole up in for a night she was also terrorized by responsibility.
 
As she is diligently doing everything she can to make Jesus’ stay comfortable and pleasant, she quickly notices that her sister, Mary is doing absolutely nothing to help. If many hands make for light work Martha’s hands are the only ones working. All Mary is doing is sitting at Jesus’ feet soaking up his teaching and being. Not one to hide her frustrations Martha quickly confronts the situation, “Hey Jesus, my sis, ‘Miss Lazy Bones’ hasn’t lifted a finger to help me.” “Tell her to get off her derriere and get to work.”
 
Believing her request to be reasonable, Martha is confident that Jesus will scold Mary for her lack of industriousness. Ironically he doesn’t. Essentially, he tells Martha that she is missing the forest through the trees. Mary, on the other hand, sees the forest, i.e., the best thing which is always being with Jesus rather than being busy for Jesus.
The lesson here, however, is not that we are allowed to skimp on our day-to-day responsibilities for “spiritual” reasons. Its’ more of when Jesus is around we need to quickly reprioritize everything so that we can spend maximum time with him because he alone is always the best experience in life.
 
I have a feeling that church attendance on Sunday Mornings would expand exponentially if we truly believed this. You?
 
Agape,
 
Pj
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