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Mary Not Helping With The Meal

In Luke chapter 10 we have the story of Martha complaining about Mary's not helping prepare the meal. How does this story speak to you and your life?

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Luke 12:13_15 makes a good study taken together with Luke 10. In one two brothers, in the other two sisters. Care to comment?
---Nana on 5/23/08

It's not about works, it's all about Jesus.
---christina on 5/21/08

I think we should all be Marys.
---Todd1 on 5/21/08

Debbiejo_Praise be to God,
a Woman after the Heart of our Lord,
Bless you Child, you have set your feet on a Good path,
The one that leads to Righteousness.
You give My Father Joy, Thank You!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/20/08

Jesus had to turn me from a Martha, always having to be busy, to a Mary, sitting at his feet, studying His word. Jesus told Martha, "Mary is doing what's most important" and I had to learn sitting under the word is the most important thing for me.
---Donna9759 on 5/20/08

This is a beautiful illustration of focus. Mary was focused on the Lord, as christians should be. Martha was so distracted with worldly tasks, her focus was scattered, she could not focus on what was important because of all her distractions.
---Ryan on 9/17/07

Jesus was more concerned about Martha's soul than what she was preparing for Him to eat. (she shoulda just ordered a pizza and joined Mary at Jesus' feet:>) ). Sometimes I get so involved with Christian "works" that I forget to ask Jesus what HE wants me to do.
---Donna2277 on 7/20/06

Mary was feeding her spirit, and Jesus said 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.
---Dottie on 7/13/06

Mary is commended because everything she needed was in Jesus. She didn't have to work and she didn't have to wait for the food. I believe that the three mentioned in that story represent the three growth stages of the believer. We all go through a time of "working" (faith), and a time of waiting (hope), all to be brought to the time of love spoken of in Song of Solomon where intimacy with the King is all that matters.
---Linda6563 on 7/13/06

There is such a thing as loving the Commander more than the commandment. In one, you can experience healing and cleansing. In the other, you can be made whole. Sitting at Jesus' feet is a beautiful picture of rest and worship. Lazarus was there and he was sitting at the table waiting for the food while Martha "worked while it was yet day". I don't believe any of these expressions are "wrong" in and of themselves.
---Linda6563 on 7/13/06

Jack, LOL that was cute, however, she was sitting at His feet because SHE WANTED TO. If you were teaching the word like Jesus was, I'd sit at your feet too whether or not you let Luv ya Jack.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06

I know a preacher who sits in a sun-lounger, communing with God, whilst his wife, having looked after the children, cooked the meals & cleared up after, done the shopping, made the beds, etc, mows the lawn in the heat of the day. She does not complain, but I think she is the greater "saint", and being a better multi-tasker (men are very bad at that) she is able to pray & witness as she works
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/13/06

I see Mary knowing that at the feet of Jesus is where all wisdom and salvation is. Most that received from him fell at his feet calling him Lord. They humbly acknowledged they needed mercy. Martha I see as one caught up in the cares of this life as we all may be from time to time.
---Shari on 7/13/06

Too often, I am busy doing for Christ instead of being with Christ.
---Madison1101 on 7/12/06

This scripture may also speak specifically to women who often feel that we have to be "superwomen" getting everything done to please and care for others in an impossible time frame. Jesus wants us to know that we cannot succeed at those other things without putting Him first. Eventually, "superwoman" will drop one of the juggling balls (er...dishes!) and break!!!
---melissa on 7/12/06

OTOH, remember that the only reason Mary got to sit at Christ's feet is that He permitted it.
---Jack on 7/12/06

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Mima it tells me that much of the time I am busying myself with all the wrong things. In other words, getting my priorities wrong.
---emg on 7/12/06

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