The Outcast

The Outcast: What Mary Gave Up

Read Luke 10:38-42
Short version: Martha and Mary are sisters. Martha invited Jesus and gang for dinner. Instead of serving, Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Martha gets frustrated with tasks and goes to Jesus – to get Martha to work. What Jesus says to her are words we need to hear also.

“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.”

I love learning about Mary. She willingly became an outcast. She had a great intentionality about her, as she sat down at Jesus’ feet, not focusing on her sister or tasks to be done, and listened – focusing on drawing her heart nearer to His.

Her actions made her an outcast in some ways, as she would be treated differently and experience a different reaction from her sister, as she focused on Christ. This is something that many of us can relate to. We each face different opposition from others. Our actions, put us aside from others. In our choosing to follow Him, we continue to affirm what God has said to us (see 2 Corinthians 6:17) – that we are set apart. In this scenario, Martha’s expectations of Mary are left unmet. There is frustrations from her sister. Yet, Mary is commended for doing what is right in the Lord’s sight.

We need these words. We need to crave them like bread. We can’t forget about the One Main Thing in our lives. Mary refused to forget about what she needed to be doing. The reprocutions didn’t matter in the least bit. She was meeting with her Creator. Following after Jesus is worth it! It doesn’t even matter how others perceive us or even treat us.

It is about Him. It is about giving up things for His sake – becoming less so He can become more in our lives. She gave up pleasing her sister, so she may please God by seeking His face.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What are we willingly giving up for the Lord, today? Others expectations of us? Others’ applause? Our need to do tasks instead of focusing on our Creator? May we choose the One Main Thing.
  2. How have we traded honoring God with honoring others’ expectations of us?
  3. How can we choose to place worshiping God at the top of our list?

See Psalm 4:3; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:2

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