Relevant to the previous discussion on perspective and priorities, Luke 10: 38-41 offers a superb example to illustrate this. Below is a brief recount of this familiar event as presented in the Common English Bible:
While Jesus and his disciples were traveling, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his message. By contrast, Martha was preoccupied with getting everything ready for their meal. So Martha came to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to prepare the table all by myself? Tell her to help me. The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.
While we can appreciate Martha’s wanting her home to be pleasing and inviting for her very special guest, yet in doing so, she was missing the unique opportunity to savor a message being spoken in the intimacy of her own home by the Son of God. Why? From Martha’s perspective, she was readying a splendid reception for Jesus, the Messiah! She may have desired to be less busy so she too could sit and listen…but from her perspective this being her home, she was responsible for making sure all things were in order. Martha's perspective dictated her priorities. Her perspective: my home, be a good hostess, serving the Messiah resulted in her priority being first make sure all things were well done. Consequently Martha, “slaving away” (my term) while everyone else was sitting around including her sister (How dare she!) led to frustration if not a bit of anger. While Martha was bothered, Mary was basking in the word of the Master!
So busy doing things we think will please Christ that we don’t take time to hear Him speaking can result in missing an important message we should hear.
Therefore deciding which “M” we will resemble this busy season, Martha or Mary, is vital. The Master may have a special message He wants to deliver. Whether we hear Him may depend on what our perspective is and where our priorities are.
Biblical Affirmation: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33