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What Mary & Martha Teach Us About Discovering Divine Roles

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We want to choose Jesus Christ, but what does this look like? The story of the beloved sisters Mary and Martha as found in Luke 10:38-42 holds some of the answer. In this story, Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary. Martha is busy serving and preparing food, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to His teachings. When Martha complains to Jesus about Mary not helping, Jesus responds by telling Martha that Mary has chosen that good part.” We learn several valuable lessons from this interaction that can help us better understand what it means to build a relationship with Jesus Christ and the importance of discovering our divine roles within His kingdom. 

We should prioritize our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mary’s decision to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His teachings is a reminder to us that we should prioritize our relationship with Jesus Christ. We should make time to study the scriptures, pray, attend church, and serve others in His name. When we prioritize our relationship with the Savior, we can find peace, joy, and direction in our lives.

We all have different roles to play.

Martha and Mary had different roles in the home. Martha was focused on serving and hospitality, while Mary was focused on learning from Jesus. Similarly, we all have different roles to play in our families, communities, and in the Church. We should embrace our unique strengths and talents and use them to serve others and build the Kingdom of God.

We need to discover what our “good part” is.

Jesus tells Martha that Mary has chosen the “good part” by sitting at His feet and listening to His teachings. Similarly, we all need to discover what our “good part” is in life. This means finding our unique purpose and mission and using it to serve others and glorify God. As we seek to discover our “good part,” we should pray for guidance, study the scriptures, and seek opportunities to serve others. 

We should avoid comparing ourselves to others.

Martha’s complaint about Mary not helping her is a reminder to us that we should avoid comparing ourselves to others. We should focus on our own strengths and talents and not worry about what others are doing or not doing. Comparison can lead to jealousy, bitterness, and resentment, which can damage our relationships and hinder our spiritual growth.

The story of Mary and Martha teaches us important lessons about prioritizing our relationship with Jesus Christ, embracing our unique roles and strengths, discovering our “good part,” and avoiding comparison. As we apply these principles in our lives, we can find joy, peace, and fulfillment as we serve others and build the Kingdom of God.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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