Giving Up Our Agenda For the Lord - Mary and Martha - Luke 10:38-42

mary and martha, Luke 10, sitting at Jesus feet
“Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10:40

My natural inclination is to sympathize with Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Who likes being stuck in the kitchen while your sister relaxes with guests? But Jesus rebuked Martha.

It was a sweet rebuke--The doubling of her name was a form of endearment (Luke 10:41). He wanted her company more than a fancy meal.

I hope Martha decided to serve pita sandwiches, took off her apron and plopped down next to Mary at Jesus' feet. We can do the same by:
  • Welcoming "divine interruptions" in our day.
  • Simplifying and prioritizing our schedules. Busyness is often motivated by pride and immaturity.
  • Seeking first the things of God and letting Him work out the rest (Matthew 6:33).
If God asks, will you give up your agenda today and sit on the floor?
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
On Tuesdays I publish a devotion from the 2011 archives. If you'd like a "double espresso shot of Scripture" in your coffee today, read one of the rare poetry devotions I've written "On the Eve of Disobedience."

If you haven’t read the story of Mary and Martha, it’s just 5 verses: Luke 10:38-42

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  1. Me! You asked who being stuck in the kitchen doing things.actually i like being stuck doing things in the house as long as the other person doesn't scatter everywhere when i am through. But nowadays i am learning to prioritize and know when to stop with the Martha things and start behaving like Mary. Nice post....


    1. Nothing wrong with enjoying work in your fact, it's a good thing. But, as you pointed out, we all need to prioritize our lives to make sure we sit at Jesus' feet. : )


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