Ever have a moment when everything is in a whirlwind and you feel that you have so much to do that your time with God tends to take a backseat? Instead of God being our driver or our pilot, He often ends up being the backseat driver that we find annoying. It is a sad analogy but we both know that when we are living our lives that most often God isn’t the most important thing to us. I have often found myself here and so have many of the wonderful people in the Bible. From the Israelites to their kings, we find over and over that God was put aside while their own agendas were put in the forefront.
When I was reading about Mary and Martha, God revealed two things for me. 1) You don’t have to work to get my approval. 2) Though work is important, it isn’t the most important thing. As men, we thrive on work and approval. We desire nothing more than to see God happy with us. Our definition of happy is not the same as God’s. God was happy the day that you and I said: “I believe.” He is no happier if we are busy making millions of dollars that we are making a meager salary. He is no more pleased if we decided to be a pastor than being a stay at home dad. We as men don’t have to perform for God!
Do you know how freeing that is? Perhaps you received that revelation. Maybe you are not like I am who is performance-based and thinks that I have to do something to get something. As children of God, we often find ourselves in a destructive pattern of “doing” instead of “being.” The story of Mary and Martha is a great example of that.
Martha welcomed Jesus with opened arms into her home and got busy working for the Master. Jesus sat down and along came Mary who sat at her feet, listening to what Jesus was saying. Martha was “distracted by the big dinner she was preparing.” God emphasized that Martha was focused on the “doing” instead of the “being.” Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Not out of disrespect out of Martha’s work or even Jesus’ authority but she wanted to hear what Jesus had to say. Dinner can come later. Jesus had something important to say and Martha was distracted.
Jesus spoke to Martha after her stiff rebuke of Mary, “you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about.” Then Jesus gave her a hint of what she should be concerned about, “There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Men, work is important. It is vital. But it is not the most important thing. The most important thing that you and I can do as men are to sit at the feet of Jesus.