How To Be Like Martha this Christmas
Martha would be the most amazing woman to come alongside and help you prepare for Christmas this year. She is the best at organizing all the details needed to get everything done before Christmas!
She is looking for someone to help her with serving others who understands the importance of getting things done.
This could be you!
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 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 that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
You Can Be Like Martha this Christmas!
Christmas is only a few days away and there is so much to be done.
There are so many wonderful things to do that will show our love through giving during the holiday season.
- You decorate your home to create an atmosphere of warmth that reflects Jesus.
- You might fill the kitchen with the aroma of fresh baked cookies: for your family, friends, and shut-ins.
- Shopping needs to be done and presents must be wrapped.
- There are parties.
- Church programs for the family.
AND . . . you are exactly like Martha!!
- You are stressing.
- Overwhelmed with all that still needs to be done.
- You might even be responding with tension in your voice to your husband and children.
Yes, you are just like Martha!
If Martha was preparing for Christmas in 2017, she would still be stressing over the need to have Mary (or you) help with preparations.
Thing is, if the truth be told, I am just like Martha too!
Martha was Anxious!
Before you judge Martha and think, you’d never get anxious, it is important to know that she was probably serving many guests at her home that day.
You might be filled with anxiety too if Jesus was the honored guest at your Christmas gathering this year.
After all, Jesus is the Messiah and the most important person to ever eat in your home!
Martha was Distracted!
Martha was just like you. She was industrious, hard-working, and filled with the most amazing ideas when having friends over.
In all your busyness this Christmas season, are you anxious and worried? Are you distracted from the one thing that is most important?
She assumed Jesus would understand her dilemma and ask Mary to give a hand.
But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” (Luke 10:40)
Ouch! I’ve ‘been there’ and asked my husband to tell my children to help me!
Wouldn’t you be distracted if there was a houseful of hungry guests at Christmas?
It seems as if Martha responded in a very normal way. Mary was the unusual one because she was able to block out distractions as she sat and listened to Jesus.
Do THIS if You Want to Be Just Like Martha this Christmas
- Allow the distractions to mount.
- Get exasperated with all is not getting done.
- Get irritated that your kids aren’t helping!
Thing is, I identify with Martha every time I hear her story. Is that because I am more like her than I care to admit?
She is hurrying around as she cares for her guests; while her sister, Mary is seemingly oblivious to her need for help.
That is why Martha would love to have your help this Christmas. You can even ‘pick up’ her attitude!
Why Did Jesus Rebuke Martha?
Jesus normally loves to commend diligence. What caused him to respond oppositely to her?
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-41)
You might be wondering why Jesus rebuked her when she was working so hard.
It was because Jesus saw something that no one else saw.
He looks on the heart and not our outward appearance.
Jesus was so gentle when he rebuked Martha just as he is with me and you.
He saw that love wasn’t motivating her serving. Anxiety was. Why was she so anxious? We don’t know.
What are you be anxious about?
Martha’s anxiety was probably rooted in her pride over how others were perceiving her. Hmmm . . . that would be me!
She was probably motivated to impress others with her abilities as an excellent hostess.
How Much Pride is Wrapped Up in Our Preparations for Christmas?
I love this story about Martha because it resonates so thoroughly with who I am.
Christmas seems to bring out the best Martha in me!
I get so busy trying to beat the rush to the finish line on December 25th!
There is something about the stress, hustle, and bustle that is almost appealing. Isn’t it just part of the season?
BUT . . . how much pride is wrapped up with the package?
I need to slow down my pace and enjoy Jesus, the Reason for the Season!
Jesus told Martha that she was troubled by many things. He saw through all that she needed to do and cut right to the point. Her attitude.
She was doing a whole lot of unnecessary things.
Jesus was NOT saying she shouldn’t be cooking and cleaning for her guests. He was referring to her pride that was the motive for her diligence.
Her anxieties and worries were holding her back.
Even though it looked outwardly like she had it all together, Jesus saw that underneath it all, she needed to choose the good part like Mary.
Mary chose to sit and listen as Jesus taught her.
Martha was rushing past Jesus to do things that really were not the most important.
What will you do to include Jesus?
You will be like Martha this Christmas if you are so busy being busy that you neglect being enthralled with Jesus Christ. What will you do to slow your pace so you can sit at Jesus’ feet?