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Chasing Better Things

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” (Luke 10:38-40, NLT)

I’m not much of a cook. In fact, I really don’t get a lot of joy in it at all. My sister Rachel, on the other hand, loves to cook big meals for our extended family. We have a big Cuban meal where she and mom make the most delicious roasted pork, black beans and rice, yucca, and mojo sauce. It’s the best meal of the year! One time I tried to make a dessert from scratch but ended up broiling the outside to charcoal and having the middle ooze out like lava from a volcano. Since then, I have humbly stated my need to just be the drink provider and on dish duty at the end of the night.

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Each of us are wired in a way to be filled with joy and fulfillment as we utilize our talents and cultivate beauty around us. This is part of what it means to be human and made in God’s image. But it is easy for us to lose sight of how God has uniquely made us and become discouraged when we feel overwhelmed and overlooked.

Mary and Martha were two sisters who are often portrayed as a dichotomy of good versus bad or one being more spiritually inclined than the other. However, upon closer examination of their story, we can learn a valuable lesson in discipleship, rather than just focusing on the logistics of hosting a meal.

When we look at Martha, we see that she has many qualities we should strive for:

  • He hosts and welcomes Jesus and shows hospitality to him and the disciples (vs. 38).
  • She works hard at her many tasks (vs. 40).
  • She goes directly to Jesus with her frustrations and concerns (vs. 40).

Where Martha lacked:

  • She was distracted (vs. 40, 41).
  • She compared herself with others (vs. 40).
  • She questioned her value in asking, “Lord, don’t you care?” (vs. 40).

The Greek word for distracted here means to be pulled away, anxious, to be driven around mentally. What a perfect picture to describe the weight, stress, and anxiety that goes with feeling like the world is on your shoulders. As women, we can relate so much to Martha and the weight of having to do, be, and execute all the many roles that we fill.

Jesus’ answer to Martha is the same answer he has for you and me. He tenderly turns to her, calls her by name, and steadies her heart on the truth that he is the better thing and it cannot and will not be taken away.

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, NLT)

When you begin to feel the pressure of having to hold it all together, and when you are tired and frustrated, remember that Jesus is right there with you and will sustain and strengthen you. He is better!

Reflect: What areas of your life are you feeling overwhelmed by? In what ways have you let comparison and busyness shift your focus off Jesus and his love for you? He is better!

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