Most days I want the house in order, but it never fails when I start deep cleaning, my daughter will ask, “Is someone coming over?” Now I know I am not the only one who hits the red alert button when someone even hints at coming to my house. Just think of the sheer level of panic if you knew Jesus was coming to hang out at your house for an afternoon….with three small children in my house there are any number of things in my couch cushions where Jesus would sit.
Martha heard Jesus was coming into town and without hesitation she opened her home to Him, I am sure in her mind she thought Jesus would be impressed with her incredible hospitality and her skilled level of perfection. In her rush of trying to keep everything perfect, her frustration turns to her sister who was sitting on the floor at the feet of Jesus. Martha who had worked so hard, longed for Jesus to notice all the effort she was putting in.
Mary, who lived with her sister Martha, heard Jesus was coming, her desire wasn’t to rush for perfection but to sit at His feet and draw from Jesus Himself. Her priorities were different from Martha, her priority was Jesus not all those little details that in the end didn’t really matter. Can you imagine what He might have been teaching that day in Mary and Martha’s house? Mary had a front row seat.
Jesus told Martha that Mary had the right idea. More often then not we find ourselves being more of a Martha than Mary, we are seeking perfection instead of Jesus. What if we treated our precious time with Jesus like Martha did; distracted by to do lists or chores, and rushed for time because other things may seem more important. Or what if we approached it like Mary, as our top priority, letting everything else wait while we sit at Jesus’ feet and draw from His words. Jesus doesn’t want perfection, He wants us to sit at His feet.