The Messy Mary
Based on the Scripture Luke 10:38-42 MSG:
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed Him and made Him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word He said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
Choose What Is Better
In the story about Martha and Mary, I would have been the Martha. I was so busy doing things for Jesus that I wasn’t actually spending any time with Jesus. In one of the translations, Jesus tells Martha that what Mary has chosen is better. Simply sitting at Jesus’ feet deepening our relationship with Him will trump running around like a chicken with its head chopped off every time.
I don’t know about you, but I often struggle choosing what is better. After a lifetime of doing choosing what is better by being with Jesus is an adjustment. I am more like Mary than I’ve ever been, but I’m a messy Mary. I constantly mess it up. I will choose to sit at Jesus’ feet for about 5 minutes then I remember all the things I should be doing. My Martha voice begins clucking in my ear telling me I need to go go go.
My prayer is that with Jesus’ help I will be less messy and choose what is better.
The Messy Mary Podcast
Here you will find all The Messy Mary podcast episodes listed with the newest first. Some episodes have Scripture verses attached. You can click on them to be taken to YouBible where you can read the verse in its entirity. There may also be PDF files attached to some podcasts and even some of my artwork Just click on the links to access the extras. You can also listen to the podcast on Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, Audible, Spotify, and iHeartRadio on your computer or mobile device. Type The Messy Mary in the search bar on those sites/apps to find the podcast.
Kirsten A - January 21, 2024
Scripture References: Romans 8:6
From Series: "The Messy Mary"
I'd love to say that I was exactly like Mary sitting at Jesus' feet obedient and learning all the time. But I am the messy Mary in that picture. Join me as I work through my messes with Jesus!