“Martha…you are worried and upset about many things.” Luke 10:41 NIV
Worry is a lot like a thief; it robs us of the joy God wants us to experience each day. Most often, we worry about two things: that we won’t get what we need, or that we’ll lose what we already have. Martha was a worrier. It became increasingly evident when Jesus came to dinner. She franticly worked in the kitchen while her sister sat and listened to Jesus. In frustration Martha asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?” (v. 40 NIV).
When we worry, we run the risk of forgetting who the servant is and who the Lord is.
There are some interesting things that stood out to me in this scripture. First of all, Martha was working hard but she wasn’t enjoying it. We all know that her intent was right. I mean she wanted to make the night as good as it could possibly be for Jesus. There is nothing wrong with how much she worked. It’s just that she was guilty of allowing her work for the Lord to become more important than her relationship with Him. Have you ever been guilty of that?
Another thing that stood out to me was the fact that Satan didn’t take Martha out of the kitchen; he just stole her purpose for being there. Remember, Satan doesn’t turn you against the church; he will just do everything in His power to get you to focus on yourself. He doesn’t take away your ministry, he just discourages you by saying you’re overworked and not appreciated.
The last thing that stood out was how Jesus valued Martha’s attitude more than her actions. Philippians 2:14 says: “Do everything without complaining”. A bad attitude will often negate the good you are doing for God. Jesus said, “Martha…only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen…it.” (Lk 10:42 NIV). What did Mary choose? I don’t believe that Jesus wanted Martha to stop working in the kitchen. I just think that Jesus preferred the quite devotion of a sincere heart to the noisy attitude of a complainer.