Being Mary in a Martha World

This past  Sunday, my pastor was  continuing on his sermon  series from the 1st chapter of  the Gospel of Mark.   The message was  about the authority of  Jesus, and read from  the chapter this  part,

And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.  Mark 1:21,22

I can’t say how many times I    have   read  these verses, but never  had i t  hit me  quite the way Pastor mentioned when   he said, Jesus  is  author  of   Scripture, so  of  course  He      had  a higher authority  than   those o f the scribes or rabbis who  taught   from i t.

It’s a pitiful comparison, but there was a meme Daisy posted a few weeks ago, some foolish person on twitter who had compared Covid 19  to the plague from Stephen King’s novel, the Stand.   Stephen King replied that it’s totally different than Covid, and to not panic. The guy came back and basically said, “how would you know? Have you even read the **** book?!”

I guess the author knows a little more than mere readers, as those who have read King’s book found much humor in that silly tweet. I know I laughed out loud.

But seriously,  Jesus is the author of life, of creation, of Scripture (yes men wrote the books, but it i s God breathed, Holy Spirit inspired), so Jesus would be teaching from His own Word,  with all authority.

Which brings me to Mary and Martha, whom  we  find  in   Luke 10:38-42

 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

How often have   I   wanted  to be like  Mary  to  just sit  at  the  feet of    Jesus  and  listen  to  Him teach, but too often  I find myself tied up  with chores,  work  and demands of every day life.   Yes, Martha was serving the Lord which is  good,  but sometimes  I think  Jesus  would  prefer   us  to be  still and   listen for a while,  because  ‘doing’  can   become  more of a  chore,   than  service,  and distract us from  what He is  trying to teach  us.

I also catch myself too often of complaining about all the ‘duties’ and  distractions, and no, they can’t be helped.  But complaining does nothing but cause discontent and distraction from spending time quietly as we work, still listening for His voice.

It’s hard to be a Mary in a Martha world, but I  love thinking  about the f act  that all believers some day will have eternity to  sit at our Author’s  feet and  listen. And there we will hear the familiar  story He has written from before time, and be amazed at each special  detail in which He wove into it.

Have a blessed day all.

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