Reflecting on what would be a good idea for current comment this week had my mind almost instantly turn to Mary; the mother of our Lord, in the most exciting and unexpected of conceptions, leaves little doubt that this story is one worth talking more about. However, thinking about this woman, made me think of the other great stories that surround her time in our Bible. It made me remember that, for those of us who are women, we are not ONLY women who bare children, but first children of God. With that, I'd like to talk about the story of Martha and Mary with Jesus.
The story to which I am referring is outlined in Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
What this story says to me is that we are not called to DO anything to win favour with our Lord. In fact, Jesus tells Martha that instead of doing, Mary has chosen better by simply listening and being with Him. Are we distracted by 'doing' so much so that we forget our role as God's children? What does this passage say to you?