A Mary in a Man's World

Men, by and large, like ‘manly’ things. This would include ‘manly’ stories and figures from the Bible, things like Moses and the plagues, David and Goliath, etc. However, the Bible tells us that all scripture is given by God for things like doctrine, correction and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This would include the story of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). That brings me to this point: We men should be more like Mary.

After dropping my daughter off at school every morning, I have about 30 minutes to drive a short distance between her school and AFA headquarters. Some days, I make it a priority to sit in my car and read from the Bible. Other days, I can’t help but think of things I want to get done so I can help the various ministries I serve. As a result, I sometimes rush through my devotion time. Other days, I skip devotion, go into work early and start on a project. “It’s okay, I’m still doing ministry work,” I think. We all do it in some form or fashion, which is why I think we need to be more like Mary and less like Martha.

It sounds crazy, I know. Men can’t be Martha or Mary. Men are ‘manly.’ Still, we get consumed with various things that we want to do, even if those things involve serving the Lord. Martha wanted everything to look nice for Jesus. Martha also wanted the food to be extra special. After all, Jesus was her guest. During that time, Mary was sitting with and listening to Jesus. In other words, Mary was spending time with the Lord while she had the opportunity. Martha was not, and she got so mad about it that she told Jesus to make Mary help. Jesus then tells Martha that she had a lot of her mind and that Mary was doing right. Martha wasn’t doing anything wrong per se, but she was so consumed with her work that it took her heart and attention away from the Lord. Getting mad at her sister did not help the situation.

I do not know what it is that you do for the Lord. I lack details on your Bible time. Still, I think we can all agree that we need to spend time with the Lord when we have the opportunity. Even if it’s five minutes of ‘alone time,’ we need to be sitting with and listening to what Jesus has to say by reading the Bible. Jesus was there in the beginning, and Jesus will be there in the end. We need to meet Jesus in the middle.

So, go ahead. Be men. Be like Mary.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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