One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Mary and Martha. I’m pretty sure if I tracked my genealogy back far enough I’d most definitely stem from Martha’s branch of people. As Christian women we often think that serving people is the most important work of God but a lot of times we miss out on the most important aspect; people.
Throughout the years I have thought that doing things for others was exactly what God wanted me to do, and He does but that’s not all He wants from us. Martha was so concerned that her house be acceptable and her casserole just right that she didn’t even take the time to listen. She was so bothered by that lazy Mary who was just sitting around not doing anything it consumed her attitude. I’ve been there. Frustrated by feeling like I’m doing it all but in reality and grumbling to myself thinking that someone else gets to have all the fun while I get stuff done.
But Jesus told Martha to sit herself down and quit grumbling.
Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)
Jesus has absolutely no cares in the world about what your house looks like and I would not be surprised if he had been served some burnt meals along his journey. He just wants YOU, He wants a connection with your heart and He wants His people to connect in that same way. Deep conversations can be had over crumbs. Laughing over a not so delicious meal can bond people for life. You just have to be willing to sit and listen.