Unique Conditions for a Unique Calling
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!
42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
There’s nothing like rivalry between sisters. If you have a sister, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I love my sister, but there’s definitely been rivalry over the years. In Luke 10, we read about two women: Martha and Mary They are from the same family. They are on the same team. They both loved Jesus, and they are both serving Him.
The first thing I notice is that Martha is distracted. She has become distracted by the big dinner that she’s preparing. She has become distracted by what her sister is doing. And what happens when we get distracted? We start to talk about it. And we reason in our minds that our complaining has a purpose to it. The thing about complaining is that our mouth always exposes and betrays what’s in our heart. In this moment, we see that Martha is revealing what’s in her heart. Rivalry is emerging and rising within her.
She basically says, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you. You know, my sister sits here while I do all the work over there.” I think about this word unfair, because I hear it all the time in my household. I’ve got three tween/teen girls, and they all say things like, “Mom, don’t you think it’s unfair that she’s doing this! She’s doing that!”
According to the dictionary, something is only considered unfair when it’s not based on the principles of equality of justice. All of us get excited about an unrivaled promise on our lives that’s unique to us, but at the same time, we want to put everybody else through the same conditions that we face. “Oh I’m struggling right now. She needs to be struggling too. Oh I’m doing the dishes right now. She needs to be doing them too. Oh I’m sad right now. That person needs to be sad right now too.”
Isn’t it funny how we put expectations on God to behave in a certain way when we’re trying to process these issues in our heart? Instead of looking inward to ourselves, we look outward to see how we can control the circumstance we’re facing or other people. I think that maybe the conditions that we uniquely face are there to produce the unique call on our life.
You might be going through something and thinking: “Gee, I wish other people knew what this was like.” Find comfort in knowing that God has uniquely carved out a situation to produce something so profoundly unique for you and the call of God on your life.
Additional Scriptures: Romans 8:28, Ephesians 2:10, James 1:2-4
What do the things you say about yourself and others reflect about the condition of your heart?
What is this season of life growing in you?
I know that You have a unique calling on my life. Thank You for creating me with something special to offer the world. Give me strength to persevere through the specific conditions that I encounter so that I can continue to be refined for Your purpose.
In Jesus’s Name,