Luke 10:38-42 tells the story of two sisters who loved Jesus, Martha and Mary.
Martha welcomed Jesus and his disciples into her home. She quickly became distracted as she worked diligently to prepare a big meal for her important guests. Her sister, Mary, sat at Jesus's feet and listened intently as he spoke.
Martha felt that it was unfair that she'd received no help from Mary to prepare the dinner. She approached Jesus, stating her discontent.
"Lord, does it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me."
- Luke 10:40
While both women were striving to serve Jesus, Martha became too caught up in trying to impress her guests of honor. Mary found greater value in spending time with Jesus and his disciples.
But the Lord said to her, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details. There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken from her." - Luke 10:41-42
There is much to be learned from the story of Martha and Mary. Are we spending quality time with the Lord, in His Word and in prayer, or are we so busy getting caught up in the details?
It's easy to do in today's fast-paced life, but in order to have a genuine relationship with God, we need to make him the priority instead of an afterthought to the demands of our life.