Jesus in blue jeans!
“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!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:40-42
When I was a young boy the very idea of wearing blue jeans to church, or women wearing pants was bad on a good day and sinful on a bad day! What changed?
People in some churches at least started moving closer toward Grace! People began to see it as unimportant and now the idea kind of stands up there with the absurd notion that God could be pro-slavery – even the Southern Baptist are against slavery now!
Every jot and tittle of the Bible has survived an Amazing saga to get to us – in fact history tells us that at one time only 3 Bibles existed in the entire world! This being the case I believe that Every single pixel of the Bible survived by God’s Might Alone and we are blessed to have it.
To me this passage is such a Wonderful Blessing for many reasons but the primary reason I like it is “but few things are needed—or indeed only one” – the words of Jesus on works! The words of Jesus on ignorantly thinking that appearances matter more to Him than the “only one”!
The “only one” is this Be with Him Here and Now! Love Him and Love others Here and Now and say stuff it to appearances!
Imagine how much easier your load and lighter a yoke you could carry in a relationship if the other Party didn’t care about appearances! This is exactly what Christ is saying here is that the “bad sister” who isn’t helping out IS getting the “only one” thing that matters – Him!
As long as your focus is on doing more or appearances or on Anything other than “only one” Him – you are missing out on His Rest, Peace, Joy and Happiness!