Are You a Martha or a Mary?


“He [Jesus] came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. 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!” The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:38-42)  

Are you a Martha or a Mary? Sometimes we find ourselves so consumed with our day to day lives and chores that it literally robs us of precious time with God. When we wake up we have every intention to start our day with praise and worship to the Lord, but for some reason life gets in the way. Just the other day I rose early to praise the Lord. I entered my living room, which is where I planned to do my worship and saw that it was a mess, so what did I do, I cleaned it. There was a drinking glass on my floor so I took it to the kitchen and saw that there were a few dishes in the sink, so I thought hey, let me wash these really quick. Those three dishes led me to wiping down the counters, sweeping the floor and emptying the garbage. The Lord then asked me, “Are you a Martha or a Mary?” and I said, “What do you mean Lord?” The Lord then said, “You just spent an hour cleaning, you’ve placed your chores before me.”  The Lord said in His own words, “Do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat? or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For all these things pagans seek, For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6: 31:33)  God didn’t care that my sofa pillows were on the floor, God did not care that there were three dirty dishes in the sink; the only thing that God wanted from me was me. God knows our needs better than we do and if we seek Him first, if we make Him our first priority, He will give us all of the things we need. If its time you need, He’ll give you time, if you need healing, salvation for you loved ones,  a financial blessing, a new path, a new career or in my case a house that stays clean, whatever the need is, seek Him first and He will give you your heart’s desire. I encourage you saints to break those old habits and impulses, resist the urge to fall into your normal routine, ignore the phone, ignore the email, ignore that sock on the floor, program yourself to seek Him first before you tend to the needs of the world.

Father God at Your feet is where we long to be and we thank You for revealing to us that when we place our day to day activities, even the simple activities before You we rob ourselves of precious time with You.  Father God we thank You for what You’ve done, for what You’re doing and for what You are about to do? We thank You for your Kingdom and for making this year the year of Your great revelations. In Jesus name we pray, amen! Remember saints Kingdom First!

Written by Afiya Duncanson

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