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Lessons To Learn From The Story Of Mary And Martha

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said

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!"

"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"

Here are the three lessons to be learnt from Martha

1. Martha shows hospitality

The passage names Martha as the one who invited the guest in

What a blessing it is to be invited into another's home

Martha could have declined to invite people into her home under the promise that she was not prepared to have company but she offered hospitality

2. The Comparison trap is a trap

Our stories are different, we each have our own story to live, none of us are on the same page or share the same ending

So don't compare your story to anyone else

The only thing we have in common is with each other's stories is the author

Martha lost her cool when she compared her story to Mary's

3. Our priorities matter

Mary chooses to sit at the feet of Jesus and soak up a deep communication with Jesus

Was she concerned with the business of hosting?

I am guessing she wasn't

Was she letting Martha do all the work so she could enjoy the company? Probably not

Perhaps she even urged Martha to let the dishes sit in the sink and enjoy everyone

When Jesus addresses Martha and says what Mary choose was what was important

He is demonstrating to us, there is a time and a place for everything

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