Mary and Martha and busy-ness

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered by so many things…Only a few things are really needed, Perhaps only one. Mary has chosen the best part and you must not tear it away from her.” Luke 10:42 (Phillips)

 Busy-ness is one sure way of missing the Lord’s voice. There is so much to commend Martha in this passage. She is proactive and getting things done! There are many mouths to feed. And her little sister Mary is not helping, but merely sitting at the feet of Jesus listening. Martha is distracted with all the preparations. How many times has that sentence defined your life? Jesus teaches us lots by looking at his life and the interruptions. Jesus was interruptible. He would stop what he was busy doing, to listen to one more story of someone who needed his attention. “Only a few things are really needed!”

 The Good Samaritan parable teaches us the power of being available. The negative examples in this story went to the other side of the road, because they had an agenda. The Good Samaritan also had an agenda, but it was to do God’s will. He stopped his busy-ness in order to do an act of mercy.

 You can’t hear the voice of God when you are distracted by your own agenda. Slow down. Give God a slice of each day, so He can speak His agenda into you. Sit at His feet like Mary did.


1. How do you ensure that you keep a slice of your day open to God’s voice?

2. What are the important things in your life that are keeping you from THE THING? (The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.)


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