Hey friends! I know it has been a while, but I am super excited to have a new Bible Study post to share with you! You may have read this passage before, and I kind of remember hearing about it before as well, but when I read it yesterday it just struck me in an amazing way.
Martha and Mary
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
The first thing that stood out to me was when Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.” Martha was super busy running around serving Jesus and making sure that everything was taken care of during his visit, and she felt like her sister should be helping her. It bothered her so much that she basically tattle-tells to Jesus. But Jesus doesn’t tell Mary to get up and help her sister, he actually says that what Mary is doing is good. I love the way Charles Spurgeon breaks it down in my C. Spurgeon Study Bible:
“I may sometimes run with Martha to do what Christ needs of me, but I think I should more frequently sit with Mary to receive from Christ what I need from him.”
Both sisters were justified. Martha was tending to Christ making sure he (and those with him) had a comfortable place to rest, probably cooking dinner and preparing somewhere for Jesus to sleep. It was important, but Jesus lets Martha know that what Mary is doing was important too. It is important to sit and listen.
I have been listening to a few podcasts lately, and one of them mentioned how all Christians sometimes go through a “dry season,” and I honestly believe I must be just getting out of one. I have continued to read my Bible daily (give or take a few busy days) but the drive to DIG IN DEEP just wasn’t there. I missed it. It made me sad. And I realized that in a busy season with so much needed of me I was filling my time with things that distracted me and didn’t really fill me up or fire me up. I am so thankful to finally start creeping out of this dry season, but I am also thankful that the Lord continually walked with me the whole while.
I can’t wait to share my Bible Study notes with you again, but in the meantime I hope you enjoyed this section of scripture as much as I did! Please feel free to share what the Lord speaks to YOU from this scripture in the comments below.