We are considering margin, it is what most of us do not have. Yet I am convinced that the best things in life happen in the margins. Luke, Chapter 10, is a great story about two different women; one decided she didn’t have margin, the other created margin and experienced something that could never ever be taken away from her. Let’s pick it up in Luke 10, starting in verse 38 and here is what Scripture says:
“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.”
The two women had the exact same opportunity. Mary created a moment. She could of had things to do, she might have had laundry undone, she might have had shopping that she needed to do, she might have had tidying up, but she just said; for the moment I am not going to do that, I am going to embrace this moment and enjoy Jesus.
But Martha, on the other hand, was like many of us, she was distracted. She was not distracted by something that was bad, evil or sinfulness. She was actually distracted by what we might say, good things. In fact in reality, many of us would be distracted by the same thing. She is thinking, okay, Jesus is in the house, better get out my best plates, better make sure the candle is lit, and make sure there are clean towels because I don’t want to look lazy when Jesus is at my home. She was distracted by the good things from the best thing.
Someone said “If Satan, our spiritual enemy, cannot make us really, really bad; he will try to make us really, really busy.” So many of us, are consumed, obsessed and possessed with accomplishing the urgent, and what we think is important, and we are missing the most important things in life, we are distracted from the very best.
Mary and Martha, they are in this situation. But in Verse 40, in the middle of the verse, Martha comes running to Jesus and she asked; “Jesus, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Martha was absolutely convinced that what she was doing was correct. This is the important thing! I’m in here doing this, and she is just sitting in there being lazy! Jesus, take my side!
Jesus says no, no your doing mindset missed the moment. Luke 10, verse 41-42; “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'”