38 As they traveled along, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to His message. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. 42 But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.” -Luke 10:38-42 BSB
Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from the dead John 11), lived in Bethany, and they welcomed Jesus to their home to refresh Him from His journey with something to eat. When Jesus started to teach, Martha’s sister Mary decided to listen to Jesus over helping her sister with the preparations. Jesus’ words truly captured her attention, and she desired to hear from God’s Word, which trumped everything else.
Martha complained to Jesus that her sister had left her alone with the tasks. Martha was so worried about the things she had to do that she didn’t realize that God in human flesh was teaching His Word. Instead of hearing Jesus’ message to learn and feed her spirit (Matthew 4:4), she ended up missing out on hearing from the Lord to grow spiritually.
Jesus responded to Martha that her sister chose what’s more important and He wasn’t going to take that away from her.
Jesus is telling us that reading God’s Word is much more important than our daily tasks, no matter what it is. Whoever desires to know more about Jesus through the reading of God’s Word—God will give them that desire so that they may be able to read it without being difficult to do so. When you read the Bible, how much time do you spend in it? Remember, spending time reading the Scriptures is spending time with Jesus Christ.
Are you like Mary or like Martha? What’s more important to you?