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.” – Luke 10……………..
Almost every time I’ve ever heard or read preaching and teaching about the well known Bible story about Mary and Martha, the two sisters who had Jesus come to their home, Mary being the one who sat at Jesus’ feet and communed with Him and listened to Him, and Martha being the one who was so busy hurrying around serving Him and complaining about Mary not helping her that she missed the very best part of spending time with Jesus, I have heard the message that we need to never get so busy serving the Lord that we make serving Him a higher priority than loving and worshiping and communing with Him and spending time with Him. But there is another message in this story that is not to be missed, and this message is made utterly and abundantly clear throughout the entire Bible from start to finish.
SERVING THE LORD IS EXCEEDINGLY IMPORTANT. SERVING THE LORD IS UTTERLY NECESSARY. SERVING THE LORD IS ENTIRELY COMMANDED.
And while some of us if we’re honest with ourselves find we make serving God a higher priority than spending time with Him loving and praising Him and praying to Him and seeking Him and studying His Word, etc., and need to flip around our priorities such that alone time with the Lord loving and worshiping Him is our highest priority, others of us are so busy loving and worshiping God and enjoying our relationship with Him through Christ that we selfishly take advantage of the endless and blissful blessedness of being in God’s presence forever for those who have committed their lives to Christ and to following Him that we dangerously – and disobediently – neglect to show forth our love for Him by serving Him and others first and foremost by sharing the Gospel message with others and by fulfilling whatever life calling God has specifically given us in loving and serving Him.
I confess I tend more toward the Martha in that I find myself serving, serving, serving, and though I spend time with the Lord, needing to slow down, and rest, and make utterly sure that time with Him is my highest priority and that I don’t rush that time or get distracted by other things, especially serving, while others I believe are so caught up in their personal relationship with God that they may need to ask themselves this. Is there too much Mary?
I daresay I doubt we can ever spend too much time with the Lord, but we need to remember that while spending time with Him needs to be our highest priority, this should never be at the exclusion of serving Him and others in His most glorious precious and holy forever and blessed name!
May the Lord lead each and every one of us through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and a life devoted to Him into His forever Kingdom, and day by day may He lead us all into when He desires for us to commune with Him, and when He desires us to serve Him, and may this all be to His most wonderful forever glory, AMEN!