“But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.”
The ministry is about people, and you must never forget that you must not run over people in order to make sure the ministry is done properly. The purpose of the ministry is to build people. Sadly, many can easily get so focused on making sure the ministry is done correctly that they run over and destroy the very people that they are trying to build.
I have watched people get so focused on making sure everything is done right that they hurt others because they hindered them from doing what they were supposed to be doing. If you are like me, I can get very focused on what I am doing, and if I’m not careful, I can hurt people with sharpness of words who are getting in my way of what I am trying to accomplish. We must be careful that we don’t let what we are trying to prepare to help build people become a weapon that Satan uses to destroy them.
Martha was a very focused lady. She wanted to make sure everything was done right for the meal she was preparing for the Saviour. It irritated her that Mary wasn’t in the kitchen helping her as she prepared the meal. In her attempt to get Mary to help her, she petitioned the help of Jesus in hopes that He would rebuke her and tell her to go help prepare the meal. Instead, Jesus tried to help Martha by telling her that she was “cumbered about much serving,” and “careful and troubled about many things.” Jesus was teaching Martha not to get so focused on what she was trying to do for the LORD that she missed the purpose for what she was trying to do.
The words, “cumbered, careful” and “troubled” mean to be distracted, worried, and annoyed or disturbed. In other words, Jesus is teaching the believer that they must not get so distracted and worried about doing everything right that they become annoyed with people and hurt those they are trying to help and build. Yes, God wants things done right, and everything should be done with excellence, but we must not destroy people for the sake of trying to get things done right.
The reason Martha was “cumbered, careful” and “troubled” was because she was more concerned with what people thought about what she did than she was with helping the One who her service was supposed to help. When you become so concerned with what people think about what you are doing more than you are with building people, you will find yourself unintentionally hurting and driving people away from becoming who they are supposed to become.
Excellence should be our goal, but not at the price of hurting people. Everything should be done right for the Saviour, but not at the expense of destroying people because they didn’t do things like you wanted them to be done. God’s ministry should not be a half-shod work, but we must not get so meticulous with everything and sacrifice people to get it done.
My friend, let me remind you that the ministry is about people. We should make sure everything is done right for the sake of people learning the most about the Saviour as they can. However, be careful about becoming cumbered, careful, and troubled about things that you destroy the people those things are to help. If you destroy the people you are to help, the things you use to build people won’t really matter.