New International Version (NIV)
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Marthaopened 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 few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I remember a church camp I went to the summer before my senior year. One of the stories was about Martha & Mary. It really made more sense to me when they described them as Martha Stewart and Mary Smith. Martha Stewart always cooks, cleans, creates centerpieces, etc. Mary Smith, we dunno. She’s not talked about because she doesn’t accomplish the things and strive for the attention like Martha. She’s content just sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing Him. We all know Martha, because somewhere along the way, we become Martha.
I know when I was younger, I was more like Mary. I listened to God’s Word (as an older teenager when I could drive myself to church). But then I got older. I got a job and worked during church hours, put myself through college and studied more Criminology and less of the Word. Then come the bills, babies, friends, families, etc. I lost sight of God in so many ways for SOOOOO long. I forgot how to be Mary, and somehow became Martha.
Anyway, back to church camp. That was really a blessing to me at that time. But the church leaders even wrote a funny little song to go with the story…
“Let the chicken burn, Let the chicken burn,
Sit with Jesus and learn,
Let the chicken burn (It’s just KFC)
Let the chicken, the chicken, the chicken burn.”
LOL. Sorry, that;s the only part that I can remember, but it was AWESOME.
Slowly, I’ve learned that Mary and Martha are more like split personalities and we need to balance the two. Yes, be Mary. Sit with Jesus. But don’t leave Martha out to dry. After all, who can afford to order food all day everyday.
Our Group Leader in our online bible study added this.. “I really appreciate this story. You reminded me of the years I went to church camp and everyone went to a special spot on the camp groups each morning to have their own quiet time. Like you, I lost that when I grew up and turned into a Martha. Martha’s are good and needed, but we can’t lose our Mary’s. We must get to the place where we guard that time with our whole heart and lives. Our Mary time is like fine gold or precious diamonds.” – Barbara.
This is true! Martha’s are so needed, but we must not lose sight of our Mary’s either!