Have you ever felt guilty for being made more like Martha than Mary, from the Bible? Martha was a to-do list kind of gal—a woman who got things done—yet she often gets a bad rap, based on her exchange with Jesus, in Luke 10:38-42 (NIV):
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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.’”
While we don’t want to live in a state of stress or miss the mark, there was more to Martha than what we see on the surface.
Here are three surprising facts that we have overlooked about Martha:
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