Mary and Martha
At the Home of Martha and Mary
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.” Luke 10.38-42
Has it ever crossed your mind that M&M could have been twins? There is no Biblical proof of that but it is interesting to think about. In today’s passage we read, “Martha opened HER home to Him.” So, we could (maybe) assume that Martha is the older sister and her little sister Mary lives with her.
My one sibling, an older sister, Peggy, is four years older than I am. IF Jesus came to visit us and we lived together, I would venture to say I’d be in the kitchen and Peggy would be at His feet. I’d be making tea and perhaps pumpkin bread – with the end result of my work being to sit together and have a cuppa and listening to all the Master had to say!
Having a vivid imagination – and using common sense thinking, I cannot help but wonder…what if… Martha’s “love language” was Acts of Service and Mary’s was Quality Time? They were both exercising their love languages in relating to Jesus, and, I believe Martha had every intention of (finally) sitting down with Jesus but by golly, she was going to fix Him something to eat first! It never dawned on Mary that Jesus could be hungry because she just wanted to sit with Him.
Lessons to Learn from M&M!
- We (I) must learn to be flexible.
- We (I) must listen.
- We (I) must focus.
- Learn to discern between important and more important.
- Sometimes multi-tasking is unwise.
- There are times we must sacrifice our love language to speak to another in their’s.