Luke 10:38-42New International Version (NIV)
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 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 me!”
41 “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.”
There are a lot of things in our daily life that we have to do. For example we have to eat, clean the house, go to work , go to school, do homework, wash dishes, clean the house, wash the dishes again , visit friends, chat on Facebook, go for parties, write budgets, call a friend, play computer games, apply for jobs, listen to music, watch movies on Netflix, catch up on the news on cnn, sleep and so on . The list is endless. We are so busy doing and thinking about so many things and yet only one thing is important as shown in the passage above.
Martha was probably preparing some food for the Lord Jesus and his 12 disciples. Preparing food for more than 12 people is not an easy task and she definitely required some help. Her sister Mary on the other hand was oblivious of the help her sister needed and was seated at Jesus’ feet, staring into his deep blue eyes, captivated by every single word he spoke as he expounded on some eternal truth to the disciples.
Martha was perfectly justified to ask the Lord to intervene in telling her sister to help her in the kitchen as she probably had asked her several times as she was setting up the table but her pleas must have fallen on deaf ears. If you were the Lord at this moment , what would you say? Wouldn’t you tell Mary to get up and help her sister? However the Lords answer is remarkable. Being God, he has the ability to look into the hearts and minds of men and was able look into Martha’s heart and see that she was worried and upset about so many things, one of them being her sisters reluctance to help her. She may also have been worried about rent, other bills to pay, where her brother was etc.
In short, it may seem a waste of time starting your day with prayer and reading the bible. It may seem a waste of time taking a silent walk to meditate on God and the word of God. It may seem waste of time going for a fellowship or just taking half an hour off to talk to God when you could be working or watching a movie. From my personal experience, it’s no waste of time and it’s quite the reverse. It is really an honour and privilege to converse with the Most High God, creator of heaven and earth. He has the best advice ever and his peace is out of this world.