Being a Mary In A Martha World

Luke 10 38 41

Luke 10:38-42 NKJV Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heart His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Sometimes life becomes so busy that we begun to get caught up in the “doing” instead of the “being”. Worries and cares choke out the most important thing in our lives, which is to sit at the feet of Jesus, to hear His words of comfort and strength. Our minds become preoccupied with the happenings of life instead of focusing on the Life-giver! That’s where Martha was in her service to the Lord. She had allowed the things that needed to be done for His comfort to over-ride the need to just be with Him. The Lord told Martha that in her desire to serve Him she lost the best part of their relationship: the need to be with Him, which was the antidote to her worry and trouble. Sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing His word and relating to Him one on one was what Martha needed to counter the emotional feelings and thoughts that she was experiencing. Mary had learned the secret of laying aside those things that would drain her of the emotional strength that she needed to face every day. Her focus was on Jesus, not what needed to be done or the pressing matters of life.

Has your life has become preoccupied with the cares and worries that surround you? Are you concerned about what is happening in your life more than the One who can deliver you from the anxiety?

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Rest – Greek word anapauo – means to make to cease. The word describes a cessation from toil, a refreshment, an intermission.

Do you need an intermission from life this morning? Come to Jesus and tell Him all about your troubles. He will trade loads with you. His load is easy; good, pleasant, comfortable, and suitable to life. Your load is heavy and burdensome. Make the trade today!

Confession based on God’s word for today: I will not worry about what is happening in my life. Instead I will give it to Jesus, spending time in His presence being refreshed as I release my burdens to Him.

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for the trade that Jesus made for us on the cross of Calvary. Because of Him taking my sin upon His back and nailing it to that cross I can have freedom from the cares of this world. I trade my heavy burdens today for His light, easy load. I give Him my cares and in exchange for them I receive His peace, His comfort and His strength. Thank You for giving me the freedom in Christ Jesus to live above the burdens and cares of this life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shelly
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 07:30:28

    Amen! It is so easy to get busy doing and forget to rest in His presence. Without spending time with the Lord we won’t know what He wants us to do. Blessings!


    • aviesplace2012
      Apr 02, 2013 @ 18:48:30

      Isn’t that so true?! We get caught up in thinking we can handle things so why bother Him with our problems. But before we know it we’re in over our heads and our peace is gone! Time to re-group and re-fresh in His presence!

      God bless! And thank you for commenting on my blog!


  2. roberta4343 bobbie
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 10:38:23

    This is so vital to remain in His peace in His grace as He ministers to us.

    He keeps and sustains me for today. Today is a new day and with each new day I have a new beginning in Jesus so that I am enabled to allow His grace, truth and love to lead and guide me through and over all of the obstacles and thorns and thistles that this life has plenty of.

    I can’t go not even one hour without connecting with Him to make it through this new day.

    This is why I am listening to Him and simplifying my life and letting go of things that are of no importance to my force of life.

    I am setting aside much of my life to get deeper and closer to my life giver which is Jesus my life.

    He is my strength and my joy and He feeds me all the day long through His precious Holy Spirit who comforts me and teaches me and reveals Jesus to me more and more, as much as I am able to have faith for.

    How can I get so busy as to set Him aside? I cannot. I set aside all other things to make Him my focus and to keep Him front and center as to make my life easier and more abundant through His love, grace and truth.

    He is the way maker, the giver of life, the truth, the strength, the joy, the love, the grace, and He is in me all the time leading and guiding and prompting me to do good things for all people.

    Thank you Avie for being so faithful and so sweet.

    Let us praise our Father God for the shed blood of Jesus and His Resurrection in the name of Jesus.


    • aviesplace2012
      Apr 02, 2013 @ 18:46:44

      Thank you for your comment! It’s good to hear from you again! May you continue to lean on the Lord and rest in His provision for your every moment of every day!

      God Bless!


    Apr 02, 2013 @ 17:05:12

    Excellent blog! I needed that reminder. No matter what is going on there is only one answer – Jesus!


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