3. It may lead you to compromise
It’s recorded that Jesus knew Martha’s family. Mary, in John 11:2, anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped his feet with her hair. John 11:5 records that Jesus loved Martha, Mary and their brother. We can assume that they loved Him too.
But on that particular day, Mary hung to His cloth, while Martha prepared refreshments.
This may have been due to the sisters’ roles at home or their character, but one thing was certain; Mary was in the right place and Martha wasn’t.
Do we fish for compliments like: “She is such a good girl, she will make a great wife”. “That lady is so nice, she does it all.”
This may be a problem many of us have, where we feel we should always be nurturing and helpful. We may do these things with seemingly good intentions without really questioning the act and the reasons for it, playing the Martha role without even knowing it.
Is it possible that we are sacrificing our time and resources for the wrong things? Probably.
When you join your church programs and departments, when you take on more than you should at work, at home, in the community and or even with friends… who are you doing it for? More importantly… Where does God fit in your schedule?
What are our real reasons for doing it? Is it because of our need for acceptance and to feel needed? Do we do it to be liked and highly thought of, craving the human accolades?
Before you answer, please take a minute to think about these questions.
I know I have been guilty of playing the Martha role