In Luke’s Gospel, in the last part of chapter 10, Luke is telling about an instance where Jesus was visiting some of his close friends prior to his crucifixion. The specific friends were Mary and Martha.
When Jesus came to the house, Mary sat at his feet, listening to what Jesus had to say.
Her sister Martha, who’s house Jesus was visiting, was busy making preparations. Verse 40 says:
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!” Luke 10:40 (NIV)
Martha was the owner of the house so it seems like the preparations were her responsibility. In her mind she must have thought Jesus would agree with her, so she complained to him.
How many times in our Christian life, do we point out the faults of other people because they aren’t preparing for Christ’s return like we are. They don’t worship like we do; they worship on the wrong day; they play the wrong music in church; they aren’t helping the homeless; and the list goes on.
We tend to complain to Jesus when people don’t believe the way we do, but we do not show them the love that God shows us. We would rather try to make them live by our standards, than to tell them about the love of God and what he has done for us.
Here is Jesus response to Martha:
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)
What was Mary doing? She was setting at Jesus feet listening to what Jesus had to say. She was ’loving’ on Jesus.
Jesus told Martha that it was more important to hear was Jesus had to say than to preparing the house for guests.
The best way we can prepare people to meet the Lord, is to ‘love’ on Jesus and do what Jesus said we should do.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)
Note: All scriptures used in this article have been downloaded from http://www.biblegateway.com/?version=NIV unless otherwise noted.