I was reminded at church during Sunday’s message on Luke 10:38-42 of something that can be easy to forget. We are human beings rather than human doings – a short phrase that’s subtle, yet an important reminder.
Some key points were shared in the story from Luke, where Jesus was at the home of Mary and Martha. In short – Mary took time to learn at Jesus’ feet, while Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made (v40). While it is easy to assume that Martha’s preparations were the issue, she would have also been frustrated at being left to prepare things on her own – causing some agitation and anxiety in her service. While busyness is part of the caution for us in this story, it is a good reminder to also consider our attitudes to work and service. Finding time and space to be – to quietly worship, contemplate and be present with God is important practice for our spiritual growth; maybe like Mary’s actions where she sat at Jesus’ feet, listened and took time in Jesus’ presence.
Jesus encourages us and inspires us to spend time with him, read his Word and listen to the voice of God – to be. These are times when we might encounter Christ, and consequently feel energised and ready to do his work in this world.