Taking a lesson from Mary

What have I learned from being mom of very little babies?

I’ve learned that being a mom means being a servant. I am a servant of God—which as a mom means that I will raise my child in a home that loves Him and lives to glorify Him in all we do. It also means that I am a servant in most every other area of life. I am to set a good example for my children at church—they should see me serving and working hard. They should see me loving and serving their daddy. They should see me serving in my home. They should see me serving others. And we can’t forget that I should serve them as well. From feeding them, to changing their diaper, to wiping their snotty noses, I serve them. I give them baths. I change their clothes. I play with them. I teach them. I love them.

But even more important than that lesson is the lesson I want to share with you now. I’d like to take a look at Mary and Martha as our examples:

Luke 10

[38] Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.[39] And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.[40] But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.[41] And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:[42] But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

What have I learned about servanthood as a mom? I have learned that serving is good—notice that Jesus didn’t demand that Martha stop serving, so I don’t imagine that her service was a bad thing, nor do I think it was sinful—but He did point out that she overlooked the needful thing—the good thing.

Martha’s service was just what it was without that needful thing—Christ pointed out that she was worried and upset over many things—plainly stated—frustrated.  And without the needful thing—service is just that—frustrating. I work and work and work and try and try and try. But I never feel like I get caught up. I take one step forward and move three steps backward. I feel like I am climbing a hill of sand.

Have any of you ever felt that way? Do you feel that way now?

Service—and motherhood for that matter—can definitely be frustrating. But Christ’s response to that frustration is “choose the good part, choose the part that won’t be taken away from you. Choose Me.”

Many times when I find myself growing a heart of frustration over circumstances in my life, over people I live with, work with, minister to (or with), it’s because I am not being diligent to always choose that good part. Not choosing to sit at the feet of Christ and to hear His word.

I am certain that my service would be much more fulfilling if I were just to choose that good part first.

This passage makes me think of our church’s “be, do, serve, train” philosophy. The doing and the service must build on my being. If my be level foundation is not solid, all the other levels will be shaky at best. If I focus on ministry, or parenthood, or being a good wife above sitting at the feet of Christ and hearing His word, eventually I will find myself like Martha—worried and upset—frustrated. If I focus on Him and His Word, then I will have chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from me.



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