I can still recall a sermon I heard many, many years ago. It was titled, “We are all Martha’s, wanting to be Mary’s.”
It’s the familiar story found in Luke 10:38-42 where hospitable Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. She had a sister named Mary who was zealous toward the things of the Lord and seemingly disinterested in helping her sister to serve the guests.
Verse 40 says that Martha was “distracted with much serving.” Didn’t the Lord care that Mary wasn’t helping her?
That long-ago sermon put Martha in such a poor light: her priorities were all wrong; she should have sat at the feet of the Lord and heard His words; she shouldn’t have gotten distracted with the mundane details of life; she should have been more like her sister.
We should all be more like Mary. Instead, we’re all poor Martha’s, wanting to be Mary’s.
As I read the account recently, however, something new surfaced. I think that mentally-archived sermon overlooked three important little words: “she approached Him.” Her first inclination at worry and trouble was to go to Jesus with her problem. I think Martha was right on! Her heart was pulled by the realization that the Lord Jesus had the answer to her dilemma. Yes, she was having a pity party and yes, she was allowing frustration to have the upper hand in her life, but still, “she approached Him!” You go, girl!
Maybe I don’t read my bible as often as I should, but my first inclination is to always approach the Lord. Perhaps I'm misguided at times with my requests, but He works it out with me and I experience the Savior's touch.
Father, I stretch my hands to thee;
No other help I know,
If thou withdraw thyself from me,
Ah, whither shall I go?
You know, I am a little bit like Martha. And that's okay.