“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

We all long for peace. No one wants to be anxious and worried about things. God told us He would give us peace. Not ‘peace’ as the world gives, which isn’t peace at all.

Yet so many of us are anxious and worried. God knows we have a proclivity to be frightened about all sorts of things, and let’s face it, there’s all sorts of things to be worried about right now. I know I worry a lot. You could say at times I’m a bit of a ‘Martha.’ She’s the star of every party because she can do it all, and yet she’s always worried and overwhelmed. It’s no different when When Jesus comes to town. Martha is hosting the meal and she’s doing all the work while her sister Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to what He says. In Martha’s defense, if Jesus was coming to my house, I’d want to get the meal right too. But Martha is upset. She says to Jesus: “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work myself, tell her to help me!“ Jesus replies, “Martha Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed, indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 40-42).

All the things Martha is worried about are worldly things that can easily be taken from us. Martha was one of those people most of us can relate to, always worried about people not doing their part and trying to get everything done. That’s how I am most of the time. But I know that most of the things I’m worried about will be taken away at some point. Loved ones will pass away, jobs will come and go, and in the end my physical health as well as yours will be taken away as we pass into eternity. Mary chose to sit at the feet of the Lord himself and hear what He had to say, and the Lord said it would never be taken from her. It wasn’t that the meal and all the other things Mary was worried about weren’t important. Jesus was simply saying to put Him first. In fact, He tells us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first and all these other things (needs, cares, and worries) would be given to us as well.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

When you feel like a Martha, sit at the feet of Jesus for a while until the storm passes.

“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:28-33).

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