The Right Thing. You know it’s the right thing to invite Jesus into your home. Martha invited Jesus over. Mary got to shine because Martha was willing to make a big sacrifice. Feeding Jesus and his crew was no small undertaking. But somehow we quickly move from, “Jesus, we’d love to have you” to “Martha, Martha”.
Distracted by Serving. We know that Jesus is a big fan of serving others. “The greatest will be a servant to all.” Mary isn’t better than Martha because she wasn’t serving. Martha isn’t worse because she was serving. But something went wrong. Martha’s serving heart that wanted Jesus in her home became a critical heart toward her sister. What happened?
Martha got Distracted. Eugene Peterson (responsible for the Message Bible) once said, “Martha was distracted with much serving. Distracted means not paying attention. It means not having a center or an anchor, being pulled this way and pulled that way by whoever and by whatever."Martha’s task became larger than Mary’s, why? Think about it, Why did Martha want to have Jesus over? Do you think the purpose was so that she could work in the kitchen the entire time while everyone else had fun with Jesus? This happens all the time. We host events in our homes, at church, in the park, and so on. It is so very easy to end up so focused on the task of serving that you forget why you are serving.
Lose Your Why, Lose Your Way. When Martha got distracted she went after her sister and tried to use Jesus to do it. I don’t know about you but, I know that I have asked God to straighten out a few people. BUT, Mary was not the problem. And, Jesus was not the problem. Martha wasn’t even the problem. Martha HAD a problem. Distraction. It stole her WHY. Without her WHY, anxiety and trouble are all that’s left.
The things we do for God must be fueled by time spent with God. It’s hard to imagine trying to serve God without enjoying Him, but it happens often. Distraction causes anxiety. That is why we have so much anxiety today.