Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things,
but few things are needed- or indeed the only one.
Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her.
As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord`s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked: “Lord, don`t You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:38-40)
When reading above sentences many readers of the Bible are tempted to think that praying and studying the word of God has a greater value than doing the daily necessary work. This is really not the case. Both are equally appreciated by our Father, both are important to Him, nothing comes to Him at the 2nd position, everything in its time.
One can compare it with a wheel and its spokes. Is it reasonable to ask which spoke is the most important one, or which one you can put away. These questions make no sense! They are all needed!
It is not alright for the Lord when people are only praying and reading the Bible and are neglecting the normal daily work leaving same to other human beings.
Jesus Himself had worked with His own hands as a carpenter. Even when He was called to serve and healed the sick, cast out the demons, He surely did the daily work together with His disciples, and it was never boaring.
The Lord looks very carefully at how we do our work, fulfill our duties. Are we true to it in the smallest, working for Him and not for our interest then He can use us. But when we do the work unwillingly bad tempered, and only looking for our own advantage He definitely cannot put us into His service. No, in our work for the Kingdom of God everything, inclusive the 1000 small tasks are important and have to be done for the glory of the Lord. He definitely appreciates the practical person as for instance Peter the fisherman, Matthews the customs officer, Paul the tentmaker, David the shepherd and also the housewifes Maria and Martha.
However, we never should forget to pray daily, to sit at the Lord`s feet and listen to His words, so that we can fulfill our tasks diligently, do our work with His love for His kingdom. He then will always be with us!
Thank You, Jesus, You are wonderful and passionate in all spiritual and practical matters. You are our great Example, did your work without complaining that encourages us to follow You, to glorify You in our daily work.