Remember Martha and Mary? Of course we all do. And remember Jesus' words to Martha? "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42 ESV).
How do you hear the tone of Jesus' voice? Is it a harsh rebuke or a gentle wooing?
I'd like to suggest it's a gentle wooing.
How we hear Jesus' voice in our hearts can indicate a lot. Tweet that!
Maybe we were scolded more than praised as a child. Maybe we grew up thinking we didn't deserve any praise, and we only expected to be reprimanded and not acknowledged for our efforts.
You might want to "try out" different tones as you speak Jesus' words out loud. What emotion does a soft and encouraging tone bring up inside you? Also, try to say Jesus' words with different words to communicate several possible meanings.
Perhaps, "Oh, sweetie, please don't worry about making a lot. We'll be full after one of your delicious dishes. I'd rather you chose being at my feet like your sis has. Come and join us now. I love you even if we starve in your house."
I'm confident that Jesus' words conveyed love along with His body language. How do you picture His eyes? Was he leaning forward to reach out to her or pulling back?
Pay attention to how you envision the scenes in the Bible as you read. It might be helpful to picture something different.
(This is an adapted excerpt from my women's Bible study book, Choices of the Heart: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series.)