On one occasion Jesus was nearing the village of Bethany when he stopped in to see a family he was particularly close to – the family of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. When Jesus arrived, Martha jumped into action, she busied herself in the kitchen and prepared a meal. All the while her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus.
As this goes on Martha works herself up at the thought that her sister is doing nothing whilst she is getting the meal ready. Her frustration escalates. She is at boiling point and she turns on Jesus saying, “‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
At this point you might expect Jesus to support the complaint of Martha. Surprisingly he does the opposite. He reminds her what this whole visit is about. Relationship. Mary understood this. I wonder if Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and asked how things were going on his travels. Perhaps she asked about whether Peter had put his foot in his mouth lately or if the Pharisees were still trying to trap him. This visit was about connecting with people Jesus cared about, and investing in their lives in some way.
Next time someone offers to catch up for a coffee, perhaps it’s not about the coffee? Perhaps it’s code for saying I want to invest in your life? Perhaps this week you can take someone out for a coffee, knowing that it is not really about the coffee.