“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
-Luke 10:42 NIV
To set the stage: Mary and Martha had invited Jesus and the disciples into their house. When these words were spoken, Martha was busy making dinner, while Mary was sitting on the floor at Jesus’ feet listening to Him talk. Martha complained to Jesus about Mary’s sloth, and that’s when Jesus spoke these words. We’re awfully busy these days, and by awfully, I mean It’s awful. There doesn’t seem to by any pickin’ or grinnin’ or front porch sittin’ like there used to be. Jesus’ words to Martha encourage us all to STOP. Not permanently, but regularly. We need to stop our busyness, figuratively sit down at the feet of Jesus, and listen to Him. We hear His Word in the Bible, so that’s where we need to go. Take time out of your week to worship. Make it a priority! Take time out of your day at work or at play to think about God, recall some Scripture, and pray. Yes, we need to work, and we are to work diligently, but Jesus’ Words reminds us that we don’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Stop! Jesus time.