In a podcast I listened to this morning, Rob Bell from Mars Hill Church brings up this passage about Mary and Martha. I’ve heard this passage so many times in sermons, but what Rob said about it really hit home with me today. Maybe it’s because lately, I can all too well relate to Martha…
“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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
So here is Martha , so frazzled, and anxious, and concerned, and annoyed – basically, her life is out of control. She’s worrying about the wrong things and she’s worrying period, which in and of itself, is a problem. Her focus is not where it should be – because she’s letting all the other things, all the other junk in her life, blur her vision of what is true and what is necessary.
Only one thing is needed. ONE thing. If I realized that, wouldn’t I be less concerned about the small things and even the bigger things? Wouldn’t the little details and problems and dramas that often get the best of me just fade into the background?
A good friend reminded me of a simple truth yesterday – “Your joy must be found in Christ and Christ alone.”
So much easier said than done…but still, it is the truth – the one thing that is needed.