Mary and Martha / Book or Broom

This year in reading through the bible with a checking off of the scriptures in a booklet prepared by Gary I decided to read Max Lucado’s Devotional Bible. I was reading in Luke 10 when I came across Max Lucado’s insight into Mary and Martha. He says Mary had thoughts to think and Martha had things to do. Is that any of us? Guilty of picking up that broom and off you go! Yes!


He tells how Martha’s wonderful gift of hospitality turned sour as she lost her whole worthwhile purpose stolen by the devil in serving Jesus. She became so frustrated and worried in doing a good thing that she wanted to tell the Lord what to do. She put the task of working in the kitchen before serving her Lord in conversation and learning. Mr. Lucado states the devil won’t take you out of ministry, he just disillusions you in your ministry just as Martha was disillusioned in the kitchen. Perhaps if we become disillusioned we’d better examine our attitude and inquire of the Lord about an attitude adjustment.


Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

13 thoughts on “Mary and Martha / Book or Broom”

  1. Reading this Rena reminded me of a song I really love and am sometimes asked to sing in church. I don’t know who the author is but whoever wrote it was certainly thinking more like a Mary than a Martha.

    “One thing is needful and that’s to really know Him
    For without You Lord where would I go?
    What would I do?
    One thing is needful
    And I will choose that good part:
    To sit at Your feet and hear the words You speak to my heart.”

  2. What a beautiful song Debi. Even Martha’s need to sit at the feet of Jesus. What I got from Max Lucado’s article was that Martha gift was working and it was a beautiful gift, but her attitude got into a whirlwind that took her out of the presence of the Lord even though she was right there. As one of the Martha’s sometimes I know I can focus so much on the job that the job is my all consuming focus. Just get it done. I need not let the job take the place of why I’m doing the job and that is to serve and love others.

  3. I see that any and all gifts without sensitivity will end up like rancid nuts, not edible.

    I heard Gary say in his teaching this week, from Luke 10:39-42* where we find Mary and Martha, that Jesus came to visit and the attention was on Mary and Martha and not their guest. And, Gary said, the custom and good etiquette then and today is our attention goes to our guest and not our gift.

    The song is vs. 42*, Luke wrote it and we sing and quote it, but we should live it. Because it is saying hey, women, stop bickering and obey the teachings of Jesus! Get your gifts in unity with one another. A gift without the sensitivity to the needs of others has not much value.

  4. in the teaching Gary taught this week he also said that it wasn’t very good that the guest had to stop and actually tell Martha what she was doing wasn’t right, especially since it was custom ……I remember from ‘The Dance of Healing’ retreat by Sara that we learned God is there and sometimes we don’t even know it…we just are not sensitive to Him…we go about doing our thing with His gifts…and get no where only deeper into that which we are trying to get out of….we need to stop like Sara said the bickering and obey Jesus…and listen and become sensitive….we have to practice it ….develope it…..use it….right?

  5. cool DJ, your comment reminded me to renew my awareness of a teaching I did in a community center with a group of community women from all walks of life and religious backgrounds, “Developing the Divine Life.” I agree we need to develop sensitivity to all areas of our lives.

  6. I agree that listening is really important and a good listener is a good communicator and a good communicator shows that you are sensitive to the needs of others. Because I realize my own need to work on this, there’s a quote from the Dance of Healing retreat that DJ referenced above that seems to ring in my ears frequently…especially when I talk when I should be listening: “Listen, or your tongue will keep you deaf.” (Native American saying)

  7. Let us not forget Mary was listening to Jesus, at teacher, a prophet, a healer, a savior of the world. After all Jesus raised her brother from the dead. This was not listening to or serving just any and all.

    Whom are we listening to? Maybe the problem with understanding here is to whom are we serving and listening?

  8. Sara you are right…sometimes the people that we are listening to may not have the wisdom of Jesus speaking through them and we could end up worst than when we started and Jesus said His sheep would know His voice and another they would not follow….His sheep listen to Him.. in our church we have this lovely portrait of a young shepardess and she is carrying a young lamb….that tells me that we have to stay close to the shepard to learn His voice and that calls for a listening ear…and a heart that is moldable in the Shepards hand…so that with the learning and the listening we can get the understanding……..Im glad we have the Holy Spirit to help…….

  9. Lord,
    Help us in this “fast paced, relentless” world, to not become so disillusioned, that the gift You have blessed us with “turns sour”, like Martha’s.

  10. We get so busy with “”our responsibilities”” in this busy life that it is so easy to lose our focus and become “Martha”. God blessed each of us with beautiful gifts. I pray that we keep our focus and let our gifts shine for God’s kingdom.

  11. Hey, do you really think we are so busy with “our responsibilities” that we lose focus? Or, are we just off focus by taking on the responsibilities of others and losing our focus. The Holy Spirit leads us, guides us and directs us. I think He really keeps us out of trouble and others’ business and wants to keep us on task. But, we find a way to get off task.

    I will say at least this has been my challenge in life!

  12. Sara, I believe we take on too much responsibility. I believe that many times we do this because we feel we can help and we stretch ourselves to thin. May times we say Yes, I can do it, before praying about it. This brings about frustration and fatigue. Many times we are just using our strength and not letting God help with the task. Then we are pressed for time to keep everything going. We go to bed with a list a things to do and we wake up to the list, hoping we can get one or two things done and we just add more to the list. Never Ending….. We do it to ourselves. Staying focus on God and the task at hand is the key. We can get our list done with some help, when we stay focused.

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