This Sunday Pastor James began to talk about Sabbath by looking at the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42.
Historically when we talk about this story we immediately jump to the conclusion that to be like Martha is bad while to be like Mary is good.
While we can see the benefit in “being a Mary,” imagine what the world would be like without Martha’s. The reality is that things have to get done. There is always money that has to be made, dishes that have to be done, and kids that have to be cared for.
This passage, however, does not address Martha’s behavior. Notice that Jesus never condemned her actions. Instead, Jesus was concerned with the condition of her heart.
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things…” Luke 10:41
Martha was not sinning by her actions, she was simply missing the point. She was so worries and troubled that she could not see the significance of the Messiah being present in her house.
Getting more and more aggravated by Mary’s lack of help, Martha goes to Jesus in the same way that we often do:
“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” Luke 10:40
When we fill our lives with Martha-type moments, we begin to wonder if He even cares about what we are going through. This so often results in us just trying harder on our own to get things done.
We get so busy with our concerns that we blame everyone around us, including the Messiah. The good news is that we have a promise that we can stand firm on:
“…casting all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
He cares for you. He cares about every worry and every situation that troubles you. Instead of doing more, give those things to Him.