And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-21 NKJV)
I’ve read this story so many times and I feel like there’s so much I can say about this one small part. One of the reasons I love it is because it’s so relatable. Martha is busy in the kitchen wanting to be the “Martha Stewart” of the town because well… JESUS at her house.
Yes, Jesus. The Creator of the universe’s one and only son!
Her sister, Mary is comfy at Jesus’ feet while is Martha doing all the work in the kitchen. Martha in her frustration has a slight fit and demands that Jesus tells Mary to help her. I can’t lie. I chuckle every time at Martha’s demanding statement.
Every time I read this story, I come to Martha’s defense while looking at Mary with this side eye. I know what it’s like to be the Martha and have very little to no help while stressed out at the many tasks I have to do.
I’ll be the first to admit it: I AM A MARTHA!!!
I know that everyone wants to be Mary but deep inside we naturally gravitate towards being that Martha. Here’s what I mean…
The “Martha Complex”
With the “Martha Complex”, I know that I can often trivialize what’s truly important but make a BIG deal about what isn’t.
And that “good part” Jesus talks about? I feel like life and it’s many tasks has a way of making me feel like it’s hard to achieve because of the many things that demand my attention. Maybe you do too.
The GOOD Part
I guess Mary knew the secret to reduced stress, peace, and a more user-friendly day; that “good part”.
What’s the “good part”?
That good part is sitting peaceful and serene at Jesus’ feet listening to Him speak while problems, laundry list of tasks, and the irritations of the days fade in the background. The good part is learning like Mary to take a “pause for the cause” instead of being frazzled and distracted with serving and other things.
Think of “the good part” as a cup of hot tea and a comfy blanket while sinking into the largest sofa with your thoughts as blank as sheet of paper after a long and hard day. You unwind and eventually start to feel energized. That’s the good part of sitting at God’s presence.
Sometimes the bad parts of our day steal the good parts (if we let it). When we place the good part first, the stressful and bad seem a little more bearable or non-existent. This means intentionally marinating in God’s Presence instead of stressing over the marinating chicken.
I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t been partaking in the good part as much as I should. Maybe I think I have and to be honest, it’s been mediocre at best. The “Martha Complex” kicks in and I find myself anxious all day.
Jesus’ message to Martha was spot on. Not only was He talking to her but He was also talking me. Instead of giving Mary the side-eye for not helping in the kitchen, I can learn from her. When it comes to the matters of God and resting in His presence, what may seem lazy to the world is really what’s life-giving in the spirit.
Everyday we have an opportunity to have that good part, that GOD part. And that good part, as Jesus promised, will NEVER be taken away from us, which is the BEST part.