Martha: Finding Her Freedom From Busyness { Day 7 }

READ- Luke 10:38-43 ESV

“But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’” {Luke 10:40-42 ESV}

That certainly wasn’t what she was expecting, nor what she asked for.

But that’s what she received…..and really, it was far better for her!

Martha had an issue to take up with Jesus about her sister, who was selfishly allowing her to do all the work by herself. Women were supposed to serve!

And there Mary sat a Jesus’ feet, like she didn’t have a care in the world. Who did she think she was anyway?!

Meanwhile, Martha was stressed and burdened by all that needed to be done. Well, she knew just what she could do to make Mary get up and finally handle her fair share.

Martha went to Jesus with the problem, but what she received was a diagnosis. Click To Tweet

In essence, Jesus told her what her real problem was- herself!

Martha had allowed her choice of priorities to rob her of what she needed most, what was most valuable. Here she was all worried and upset over many things and what she didn’t realize, it didn’t have to be that way at all!

How many times do we feel trapped in our endless to-do list? By all our “busyness “?

Our busyness has become our badge of honor, proudly worn by too many of us today. It is running women ragged, robbing us of our greater joys, until we are steadily drained from our frantic pace.

How many of us have lost our joy? Our zest for life? Our enthusiasm for each new day?

What’s so amazing is that, like Martha, we are doing this to ourselves!

We are the ones signing up to do too much- too many choices in our day and time have equaled too many “yes’ “. We are a generation that has forgotten the freedom and the fruit of saying “no”.

We mistakenly believe the busier we are, the better we are.

Mary knew what was REALLY better. She recognized the value of saying “no” to one thing in order to say “yes” to something better.

And Jesus was definitely better!

Martha could not enjoy Jesus because she was too busy! Are we any different? How often do we schedule our days so packed that we are rarely afforded any time with Jesus ourselves?

And we wonder why we feel so irritable and anxious?

Jesus was not only offering Martha a diagnosis that day but also an answer for what ailed her. He showed her the way out of her self-imposed stronghold. Martha had no idea what was really troubling her. She could not perceive that it wasn’t Mary that sparked her annoyance, but her own natural tendencies to take on more than she should.

Martha’s encounter with Jesus left her knowing her path to freedom- peace, joy and rest were amply found at the feet of her Savior.


  • How does your schedule make you feel? Do you find yourself regularly worried and upset by many things?
  • Do you have a consistent devotional time with the Lord each day?
  • After praying to the Lord and asking Him, what may He be leading you to say “no” to in your list of obligations so that you can say “yes” to Him?


Dearest Lord, I submit my schedule and plans to you. I yield to your authority and ask you to organize my day so that I have priorities that honor You. Help me to learn when to say “no” in order to protect my time with You.

Gretchen Fleming
Gretchen Fleming
Gretchen's passion is to follow hard after Jesus, knowing He is the treasure of a lifetime and worth every minute she commits to Him. God’s Word has been life-giving to her through the most trying times—a great source of strength, wisdom, and truth. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer, who loves to see Jesus change lives as He’s changed hers. Gretchen is a wife of 28 years and mother of 3 young adult children.

Comments are closed.

Pin It on Pinterest