As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 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!" "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42)
Are you too busy to become aware of God’s opportunity to see him? Martha was hurrying around doing those little things that are so important to someone having guests in her home, and we know Jesus appreciated her efforts. Mary and Martha became two of Jesus’ closest friends. It was with kindness that Jesus gently scolded Martha. I suspect he did it with a smile on his face. It was a loving rebuke. “Martha, Martha,” he said, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better . . .”
Christianity is not about doing good, though that is a major witness to our faith. The best Christians I know are continually doing acts of love and charity. Christianity is not about keeping commandments, though the best Christians I know seek to keep all the commandments, especially that one about loving your neighbor as yourself. Christianity at its heart is the recognition that Jesus Christ is the Lord of MY life.
Many of you are very busy people. You’re busy in the church, you’re busy in the community. You’re busy in your work. You are a productive person and you are successful. But have you found that one thing that is needed, that one thing that will transform you and give you a peace that surpasses understanding? Take a clue from Martha’s sister Mary. You see the most important thing you can do is to take a few moments each day and sit at the feet of Jesus.