Luke 10:38-42

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.

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.”

41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

So many of the stories in the Bible are so fantastic that you can’t really imagine them happening, but this one is different. It happens every thanksgiving! Two women in the kitchen (or in our family two men) fighting over who’s recipe is better.

This story is so REAL! I think that’s what I like about it so much.

And off the record, I think Martha gets a lot of bad press. I mean seriously she is doing all the work, while Mary is singing “Sing a Hallelujah…” over in the corner. I would not hire a Mary! Seriously, it’s Martha’s house. I appreciate the Martha’s!!!

The  heart of this story however, is not about Martha’s actions but her attitude.

“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.”

The word distracted means to be “split or divided into pieces.” The pressure to perform had stressed Martha out. She can’t even call her sister by name.

“Tell her….”

You can hear the tone in Martha’s voice, she is trying to control the situation and everyone in it. Martha crossed over the line, she had gone from managing to manipulating.

Have you ever gotten under pressure and felt like you were all alone in trying to accomplish something?

Can you describe one of those moments?

“Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?…”

“Don’t you care?”

Suddenly Martha’s thinking gets so twisted that she accuses the Lord of “not caring.” We’ve all done it, right? In the midst of serving we’ve all become overwhelmed by the task at hand.

Crazy enough, it was her idea to invite Jesus for lunch. She volunteered. This is her script, she is the author of it and she is wanting to produce and direct the whole scene.

However, Jesus did not come to play a part in our script. He is the Author and the Finisher of His story. The story in Martha’s mind was different that His.

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.”

I hear Him saying: “You’ve got a lot on your mind. You think that I’m here to be served and I appreciate it very much, but this isn’t your script.” 

Things were not going the way that Martha had pictured it. She was frustrated!

I’m sure we can all think of several different times where things were not going according to our plan. Maybe it was because of the weather or your two year old or maybe a global pandemic…

This story is all about bringing those two parts of our lives back into some kind of unity.

Martha had allow this privilege to serve turn into some kind of obligation. It is a privilege to serve not an obligation.

I caught myself screaming at the kids one night (oh that is a whole story in itself) “don’t you understand I HAVE TO PREACH TONIGHT.”

I got about half way to the car and the Lord said “you don’t HAVE to do anything.”

When we lose sight of the honor that we have to serve Him, we become like Martha. Our mindset is revealed!

We need to take our minds back. Far too many times our attitude negates our actions.

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.”

  1. That situation that you’ve been thinking about this whole time as you’ve read through the devotional. Take a moment and verbally give it to God right now.

  2. As you move throughout your week be conscious of those things that you say “I have to do this” instead of “I get to do this” – begin to ask God to help you change your mindset.

  3. Thank God for the many blessings He has given you, it is easy to loose sight of how good He has been to us. Maybe try listing them out in your journal this week.