“Lord, do you not care that Mary has left me to do all the serving alone? Please speak to her” (Luke 10:40)
The busy-body virus has infected many a good person. Even preachers catch it from time to time. Some thoughts on the subject….
Have you ever prayed, “Lord, speak to my sister. I’m tired of doing all this work alone.” Martha did.
What was Mary doing? That lazy, good for nothing was sitting at the feet of Jesus, worshiping. A waste of time? The pragmatists among us seem to think so. This is the little informal society of activist church members who claim Martha as their patron saint. (Matron saint? Whatever.) To them, worship is something we do when the work is completed and we can’t find anything else to occupy us. Only then do they allow themselves the privilege of pausing to read the Scriptures and enjoy a quiet time of prayer.
“Lord, straighten him out.”
“Lord, rebuke her.”
Simon Peter grew tired of Jesus talking about what was ahead for him and pointed toward an apostle standing nearby. “Lord, what about this man?”
Jesus said, “What is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:21-22).
I love knowing that Simon Peter was not above wanting to rearrange the lives of others; but appreciate even more the Lord’s answer. “What’s it to you? Do your job!”