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38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary,who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The gift of hospitality.  Some have it and some don’t.  We all like for things to look nice when company comes.  We want our house to be clean and in order.  We want to have good food bought and prepared for our guests.

Martha had the gift of hospitality and Mary did not. Or was it the other way around?   Martha was detailed and Mary was not.  Or is it all in the way you view the scenario?

Jesus was coming for a visit.  He always brought an entourage of people with Him.  Martha was feeling the pressure to have everything just perfect; the house, the food, the seating arrangement.

              The Lord was the main one Martha and Mary were seeking to please.  

Mary loved her Savior.  So did Martha.  Jesus hadn’t been there too long as He witnessed the frenzy Martha was getting herself into.

As Martha flurried around; panicked words burst forth from her lips.  The Bible says.  “Out of the heart the mouth speaks.”  “Lord, Mary is not helping me.  Tell her to help me.”  The Lord in His kind way, said:

              “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.                                                                                    Mary has found the better part.”

As you ponder the words of the Savior; what comes to your mind?  Which is the better part; having everything perfect or spending time with the One who first loved you?  It’s important to have things as nice as possible’; however, people will remember how you made them feel more than  how your house looks.

We must plan ahead but not allow ourselves to get in a frenzy. That is not pleasing to God and it certainly will not make any memories with your company.


Oh Lord God; may I always put You first and make people who visit me feel loved and welcomed into my home.  I want all who enter here to know You.  I love You Jesus.  It’s in Your Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Libby Williams

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