The Good Part
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".
As we read the account of Mary and Martha, it becomes very easy to criticize Martha. There she was "cumbered about much serving" while Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus and "heard His word." Martha was busy, too busy to take the time to sit and listen to Jesus, but she was not pursuing her selfish desires; she was "cumbered about much serving." She was serving Jesus! Everything she was doing was for the Lord! She was busy, so busy, but her "busyness" was in the Lord's service. Yet, Jesus rebuked her and said that Mary had "chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
Are we like Martha? Are we caught up with much serving? Are we so busy serving the Lord that we don't take the time to worship Him? Are we so busy serving the Lord that we don't take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus? As missionary wives, it is so easy to get caught up in much serving. There is always something that needs done and usually no one else to do it! This ministry and that program takes our time, so much so, that while we are busy serving the Lord perhaps we are neglecting worshiping the Lord.
No matter how busy our lives may be as we work alongside our husbands on the field, let's always remember what is needful and choose that good part that cannot be taken away from us. Let's take time to sit at the feet of Jesus and spend time in His Word.