“As they went on their way, they came to a town where a woman named Martha lived. She cared for Jesus in her home. Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to all He said. Martha was working hard getting the supper ready. She came to Jesus and said, ‘Do You see that my sister is not helping me? Tell her to help me.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. Only a few things are important, even just one. Mary has chosen the good thing. It will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)
Mary and Martha were both friends of Jesus. In fact, Jesus stayed in their home, and they cooked for Him when He was in their town. The sisters welcomed Him, and this visit Martha immediately began to work very hard to get supper ready for Jesus. While Martha busied herself in preparing the meal, Mary just sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to His teaching.
Martha was upset that her sister was not helping her, so she went to Jesus and said, “Don’t you see that my sister is not helping me with supper? Tell her to help me.”
Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about too many things. Only a few things are important, perhaps just one. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I will not take it away from her.”
Many of us make the same mistake that Martha made. We get so busy working, going to school, playing, or watching television that we often forget the most important thing. We forget to spend time with Jesus! We must be very careful that we don’t get so busy doing good and fun things that we leave out the best! After all, Jesus is the most important thing! He doesn’t ever forget about you, so don’t forget about Him. He wants to spend time with you. By spending time with Jesus, you will get to know Him as your personal Savior and friend. Talk to Him today and every day.
Let’s pray together. Dear Jesus, help us to remember that You are the most important thing in our lives. Don’t let us get so busy with other things that we forget to spend some time with You every day. Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.