Read: Luke 10:38-42
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. (Luke 10:39 ESV)
What is more important working for Jesus, or being with Jesus? That question lies at the heart of the story of Jesus’ friends Mary and Martha. Martha was busy working to prepare hospitality for her guests while Mary simply sat at the Lord’s feet to hear all that he had to say.
Jesus addressed the issue quite plainly. He said that Mary had chosen something wonderful. Se had elected to sit at his feet. She had chosen presence over productivity.
Sadly in today’s culture we are obsessed with productivity. Accomplishment and busyness are the norm, but there is something especially wonderful about simply abiding in Jesus. Being with Jesus takes precedence.
This notion doesn’t release from the responsibility of working hard to do the things God asks of us. It doesn’t free us from the wonderful burden of Godly stewardship. In fact, actively pursuing God’s presence will always set us up for success in other endeavors.