Martha and Mary are two of Scripture’s extraordinary women. In some ways they were as different as night and day, but they shared a profound love for the Lord Jesus Christ that brought them together in harmonious unity. The Bible commends each woman as possessing admirable qualities that are worthy of emulation (John 11:17-27; 12:1-7), but there are a couple of special lessons in Luke 10 I’d like to focus on.
Here’s Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ visit to their home in Bethany:
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (10:38-42)