The following is a short devotional I wrote for a Women’s Devotional printed by The Grainery Christian Network.
‘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 10:41-42
Often as women we refer to this story of Mary and Martha in the midst of our busy lives, and we have great ambition to choose as Mary chose. We have a desire to meet with Jesus everyday, to sit at His feet, to learn from Him and reach a depth in our intimacy with Him like no other. Often when we hear this story, though, Martha is put in a negative light. In reality, neither choice is wrong in and of itself. The principle is in the priority; the principle is in the order of these choices.
It’s in our nature as women to look around, see a need and fill it. We have no hesitation. Before we know it, though, our entire week is completely booked up, and we are left with a measly 2 minutes one morning to crack open the Word of God as we rush out the door, bags in one hand and coffee in the other. Serving is not wrong. Serving is Christ-like and necessary in following Him and seeing His Kingdom on earth, but if we do it solely to meet a need, we quickly get tired and weary and burnt out. We must always serve after we sit. This quality of our creation as women, this quality to serve, is a Christ-like quality; it is beautiful and rare and priceless. It is only fully beautiful and rare and priceless, however, if we do it out of a response of meeting with our Creator. Then and only then are we fully embodying both of these beautiful qualities these women possess.
Always sit. Then serve.