most people know the story of Mary and Martha. Jesus comes to their house and brings a lot of people. Martha is worried about getting the food ready and the things that have to be done. Mary wanted nothing more than to sit at Jesus's feet and learn from him.
We normally apply this story to women and how they view the things that need to be done. Mary is the slow moving one that can just enjoy life. Martha is the one on the go getting things done.
Humor me for a moment while I apply this story to how we view salvation. What really saves us?? Some churches believe that baptism is what saves us, some believe we simply accept Christ into our heart. Here are some verses to go with these throries:
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
According to scripture, both actions are required.
Now apply this to Mary and Martha?
Martha: doing the busy things. Doing the things that need to be done. Yes, it is true, someone had to feed all of those people. According to scripture, baptism is required. John 3:5 leaves no room for misunderstanding. "No one can enter the kingdom of Heaven without being born of water and the Spirit."
Mary: she really wanted a relationship with Christ. "Mary has chosen what is better." She probably trusted that if no one prepared the meal, Jesus would take care of it. He did turn a tiny fish basket and loaves of bread into enough food to feed the multitudes, didn't he? Accepting Christ into our heart is what changes us. When we desire a relationship with him, we want to be like him. That is what we are called to. To become like Christ.
I'm not saying either is wrong, they are both inportant. Baptism is required, but wanting a relationship with him is better. Not only better, but even more important. You will never grow as a Christian if you don't actively seek a relationship with your savior.
After all, we are the bride of Christ. Would you marry someone you haven't already given your heart to?