Are you Martha or Mary? Learning to prioritize the Lord over fluff

Are you Martha or Mary? Learning to prioritize the Lord over fluff

‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ Matthew 6:19-21

If we were to be honest with ourselves, what is it that we spend a majority of our time focusing on? What do we prioritize in our lives? What do we treasure in this life?

Are you Martha or Mary? Learning to Prioritize the Lord over fluff

Are you Martha or Mary? Learning to prioritize the Lord over fluff

In Luke 10:38-42 we see an example of two different women who both equally love the Lord. Martha, who welcomed the Lord into her home and busied herself preparing food and serving others to the point of stress. And her sister Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his teaching. Martha eventually says to the Lord, “Do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” to which the Lord’s response is “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is  necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

There is nothing wrong with what either women were doing. Martha brought the Lord into her home and wanted to serve him to the best of her ability. Mary wasn’t being lazy, she simply wanted to cherish the Lord’s presence while she could by sitting at his feet and listening intently. The difference between Martha and Mary boils down to priorities.

Priorities…

I certainly don’t want to knock Martha in the slightest; serving is important and she wasn’t intentionally choosing the cooking and cleaning as a priority over spending time with Jesus. She wanted to serve her Lord!

But I think herein lies the lesson with Martha: we may have all of the good intentions in our pursuits whether that is with serving or something else, but it can take away from prioritizing prayer and spending time in the Word. Do you have good intentions but miss the mark by prioritizing something else above your time sitting at Jesus’ feet? I know I certainly have.

Friend, my prayer for you today is that you store up your treasures in heaven. Prioritize your daily prayer and time with the Lord. I pray you treasure the Lord so that your portion is never lost. I pray you surrender your heart to the Lord in all of your pursuits and trust that He is waiting for you to allow Him to take over. 


You who teach others, do you not teach yourselves? 

You who teach others, do you not teach yourselves?

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Are you Martha or Mary? Learning to prioritize the Lord over fluff

5 thoughts on “Are you Martha or Mary? Learning to prioritize the Lord over fluff

  1. This was a great reminder for me today! Too often I’m so busy with what are good things, but if they take away from resting in the Lord, they aren’t so good anymore. Thanks for this conviction!

  2. The self conviction of determining if you are a Mary or Martha is… ugh. Haha. You want to be Martha because you want to be with the norms of society. For her, it was serving the men (and God) who were in her home and had a duty to. You want to be Mary because she gave her whole heart to listening to what Jesus had to say but also gave her all to God rather than the people of this earth including her family.

    1. ABSOLUTELY. I didn’t even think of it in this way but you are right. It’s a fine line. There is value in what Martha was doing and there are things in life that are a valid use of our time for the Kingdom, but then there is also the question of should I be doing that or worshipping right now? Thank you for reading, lovely!

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