Less Martha, More Mary

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13

The pastor said this Sunday, “it’s not so much about doing, but being.” It started me thinking. That pretty much diagnosed my problem.

Looking back, I can fill pages with the things I’ve done. Like a Pharisee, I can proudly recite the roles played and things done faithfully and consistently over significant chunks of time. To lack some kind of meaningful task even for a moment makes me anxious! Have I fallen from grace? Have I been put out to pasture? I wonder.

In the back of the Lord’s mind when he made the statement above were the words of Hosea.

For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

Be loyal to me. Sit at my feet and learn from me. While there’s still time, be less Martha, and more Mary.

It’s interesting, only Martha was chided by Jesus.

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

In an environment which puts a premium on doing, those of us actually more comfortable sitting at the Lord’s feet—or who are summoned there even for a season—should remain there, and stay out of the kitchen.

When face to face with Jesus on that great day, he will not so much commend what you did—it’s important, yes—but who you were!

“And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’ Luke 19:17


About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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