Luke 10:40 – But
Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and
said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving
alone? Then tell her to help me.”
The old Puritans were right, our
hearts are idol factories. You ask, what is an idol? Well, an idol can be anything.
A hobby can be an idol. A spouse can be an idol. A child can be an idol. Your
money can be an idol. Your free time can be an idol. Laziness can be an idol.
Even serving the Lord can be an idol, if it’s done in "our" way
instead of the Lord’s way! Any time you begin to put yourself first, do things
your way, in your timing, and by your values instead of God’s, that is an idol.
You’re putting something before Him.
So, we have Martha, a good woman
with probably a genuine heart devoted to Christ, but she is caught up in the
idolatry of serving the Lord. Instead of serving the Lord for the Lord, she is
serving the Lord for Martha. You can certainly lose the King in the King’s
work, and this is what happened to Martha.
Now Mary is meditating at Jesus’
feet, “but Martha was distracted.” The word “distracted” has the idea of being
drawn away. Mary is meditating, but Martha is drawn away and distracted from
the Lord in her service to the Lord.
One scholar put it this way. When
we have "concerns" that the Lord doesn't mean for us to have, they
become “thought-scattering anxieties.” When we get bothered and busy about
something outside of God’s will, all of the sudden we can’t think clearly
anymore. We can’t organize our thoughts. We lose our priorities. These are
Far too many of us struggle with
that. Even in our service for Christ, we can get busy and lose our heart
devotion to Christ. Now God has given all of us earthly concerns. You have to
work; you have to clean house; you have to raise children; you have to change
diapers; you have to buy groceries. Those things are pleasing to the Lord; that
is spiritual service unto the Lord. However, earthly chores and earthly
concerns become sin when they hinder that which is essential for the soul. In
addition, don't even let your WORK for the Lord rob you of communion WITH the
Lord. That’s where Martha was.
Unfounded concerns control our
lives all too often. We can spend all of our energy on anxieties that never
happen. I’ve heard someone say, “I have been through some terrible things in my
life, and some of them actually happened!” Are you one of those who is always
full of concern and the worst case scenario? Your mind stays consumed with
"what ifs?" I’ll tell you what that is; it is idolatry! Call it
The Lord reproved Martha for her
misguided service. She was so diligent in her service to the Lord that she lost
the savor of the Lord! Savor and serve the Lord. But make sure you savor Him
first, and during, and after your service! Nothing clears the mind and
vanquishes anxieties like communing with the King of peace!
Luke 10:41-42 – But the
Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered
about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the
good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”