We all are familiar with what happened when the Lord Jesus Christ came to visit Martha and Mary. But this encounter takes a new dimension when we open up our lens and consider the elements right before and after of that encounter. The all point to one thing: humble reliance upon His Beauty.
Luke 10 tells us the difference in attitude between the sisters: Martha was focused on getting things done, Mary took a more passive approach toward the visit of Jesus to their home.
Of Martha we are told she was “… distracted with much serving… anxious and troubled about many things.”
Does that sound familiar to you?
Because of our enemies (our own sin, satan, the world) we can be at the center of ministry action and, still, miss Jesus.
Because we think we can (pride at his best!) we are distracted, anxious, troubled.
Mary, however, picked what was necessary to do. Jesus Christ is at her house! The Lord has come! She, then, decides to forgo protocol and she “sat at Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.”
Humility to know her condition and to acknowledge the One who had come. Humility to desire an intimate moment with Him. Humility to do nothing and contemplate His Beauty.
The idea of humility is also express from the beginning of the chapter. Intimacy with Him (through prayer) is exemplified at the beginning of the next chapter (the Lord’s Prayer).
What makes you to be like Martha? What needs to be remove from your life to be more like Mary? How would your prayer life be any different if you were to consider it an expression of humility, and a source of intimacy with Jesus Christ? Ask for His help according to your responses to these questions.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.