Mary was one who inclined her heart to the Lord as opposed to her sister Martha. Martha had a heart that was overly occupied and too busy and was distracted with much serving and came to the Lord and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me, [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! (Luke 10:40). Mary, her sister seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching (Luke 10:39). The Lord answered, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things (Luke 10:41). There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage] which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42).
So beloved child of God, an anxious heart chokes and suffocates the Word of God, this describes the third type condition of a heart. Beloved child of God, God loves a heart that is inclined to Him and His Word so He can impart His grace, as He was doing with Mary. The Lord said we have need of only one or but a few things and Mary had chosen it. Matt. 6:33 says-But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. It’s not that serving isn’t good like Martha was doing, but before you serve, the Lord wants you to sit with Him first and then serve. Martha had anxiety and an attitude. God wants you to serve in His strength, as it says in Ephesians 6:10: Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.