Martha and Mary invited Jesus Christ at home

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary. Jesus and his disciples arrived at the home of Mary and Martha house about mealtime. It was Martha who invited them in. Nothing is said in the Bible account about the cordial greetings they exchanged, but an important lesson was recorded during that visit that should positively affect us.

Scripture doesn’t record whether Jesus response made a lasting impression on Martha’s understanding, but we can hope this spiritual lesson- so inseparably linked to our priorities- will favorably impact us.

What did marry have that have that Martha needed? What was the “good part” Mary chose? Why will the good part that Mary chose remain hers forever?

In a world filled with distractions, the story of Mary and Martha can help you set your life in order.

Pay attention the conversation between Martha and Jesus:


Martha had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus Feet and heard his word But Martha was distracted with much serving and she approached him and said, ‘Lord, Do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me and Jesus answered and said to her. Martha, Martha you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.

In a world filled with distractions, the story of Mary and Martha can help you set your life in order.

The Good part we required

We have to make a choice as to whether we seek the good part. Jesus tells us our highest priority in life should be to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mathew 6:33).

He also gave us guidance in how to do that, Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word of God” (Luke 4:4, compare Deuteronomy 8:3. He adds, “The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63)

For Martha , Mary and the twelve disciples, the word of God was in their presence in the person of Jesus Christ(John1:14-15). Apparently Mary Knew that Jesus words were the most important needs of her life. Jesus recognized this when he reminded Martha that her life was take up with many worldly needs, but her greatest need was that which Mary acknowledged, the words of eternal life (John6:68).

The book of Hebrews tells us the importance of hearing and needing the words of life. Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, Led we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him” (Hebrews 2:1-3).

The good part lasts forever

What did Jesus mean when He spoke of that good part, which will not be taken away from her”? (Luke 10:42). The apostle John answered this question: “All that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1John 2:16; compare 2 peter 3:10-12).

God’s truth and laws will abide forever. Our bodies won’t last forever for they must be replaced with spirit bodies. The spiritual knowledge we accumulate in this life will be ours forever, never taken away from us. But we must not allow physical needs and duties to consume us.

Like Mary, we need patient faith that in a world hell bent on destruction, filled with frivolous trappings and empty, momentary sensual pleasure we can keep the good part forever.” Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus “ ( Revelation 14:12)

Mary and Martha were Jesus good friends. Martha stayed busy supplying her guests with things that made their visit more comfortable. She should be commended for seeing to the important needs of others.

But Jesus commended her sister Mary. Jesus noted, in effect, that Martha stayed busy with form, but that Mary concentrated on substance. He commended Mary for choosing the good part, the holy words, truth and faith of Jesus Christ, which will never be taken from her. We should follow Mary’s example and desire God’s truth above everything else.

Choices in life

Jesus continued:” But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke:10:42).

Jesus said Mary made a conscious decision between two alternatives: She chose listening to Jesus over preparation of a meal. This may sound strange to those who like Martha, think meal preparation is more important than visiting. But couldn’t that depend on who the guest is? The most pressing need in Martha’s eyes was that of preparing a meal for Jesus and His disciples. Mary saw this situation differently. She chose to listen to the wisdom of Jesus, her savior, while she had the opportunity.

Our daily choices affect our lives, and the end result of this life is determined by the choices we make every day. Jesus said Mary chose “that good part”.

This attitude outlook and perspective is the kind of approach God desire in all his disciples. Jesus highly regarded Mary’s approach.

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Barun Sarkar

My name is Barun Sarkar and I ‘m a full time Missionary and social worker and a Blogger.

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