Mary and Martha, the eternal struggle within every woman’s being. Our hearts’ desire to be Mary: fixing our minds on things above, leaving our “To Do List” for tomorrow to sit with our Father today. Keeping our mind away from the Martha mentality: diligently working on daily duties, forgetting to nurture our relationship with God.
How do you handle the struggle?
“Surely, I have a Mary attitude,” we think if we attend a bible study, read through the bible in a year, do our devotion, listen to Christian music, write #blessed on every post, constantly pointing our hearts and minds back to heaven and God.
Comforting ourselves when we ignore the desire to dig deeper with, “I don’t have time because…” or “It’s not my season right now,” and “I will have more time one day when…” These words replay in our heads while we prepare for the day.
“So many things to do, never enough time Lord.” We silently whisper to the Lord, while we fill our planners, hour by hour.
Sweet friends, we are Martha.
As we read Luke 10:40, “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Looking up Greek and Hebrew definitions, we see “distracted with much serving” means she was over occupied with an abundant amount of preparation. Bustling about, creating overabundance, when a basic meal was all they needed. Jesus, poor on earth, seeking food and shelter from friends, did not need extravagance but sustenance. The sin is not her busyness, or her preparations to bless her guests; it was her consumed spirit with every detail. The sin was her anger she put upon herself while creating the picture perfect meal. Poor Martha. Her excitement to make a simply delicious meal, allowing her time to enjoy the thing that could never be taken away from her (Luke 10:42) should have been her concern. Not frustration over Mary not helping.
The world needs Marthas; women who think and prepare for the needs of others. Preparations were necessary. Someone needed to be concerned with the meal and home, but not engrossed in details, missing the blessings in front of her.
How can we avoid being consumed?
Precious women who love Jesus, we need to keep our lives simple. Don’t throw away your schedule! Simplifying means not being anxious about the things of this world (Luke 12:25-32), but remembering how God desires us to live: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you (Luke 12:33).”
Everyone’s picture will be different.
Simplicity for me means creating deliciously simple meals, allowing time to enjoy my peeps and make memories at the dinner table. Allowing dishes and laundry to pile, dust bunnies to live another day in order to make time for family or friends. Saying NO to serving opportunities and favors, realizing I cannot possibly serve everyone. Simplifying will bring rest to my spirit. It will allow the time I need during devotions to dig through chapters, write down things that stand out in God’s word, do topical studies, and enjoy my time with Him.
HOW DO I SIMPLIFY? Stop and pray.
Pray the Holy Spirit to reveals it to you. When you begin striving and stressing, and the anger bubbles, ask the Lord to show you ways to make things simpler. Then, LISTEN to the Holy Spirit and be blessed with rest! We ask but forget to listen! Remember the reply Jesus gave to Martha in Luke 10:42 “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” When you stop and nourish your soul with the thing nobody can take, your heart will be at peace to listen and receive. So stop, put your schedules down, and pray. Embrace the inner Martha! Prepare and plan. Listen when God says STOP, even if it feels out of character. Don’t be consumed with things but rather with the Creator of all.
Praying for you as you embrace your inner Martha 🙂