It all started out a couple of years ago when I took one of those personality tests. The test was part of German Church Growth researcher, Christian Schwarz's "Los 3 Colores del Ministerio." The purpose of the test is to see which Bible character you most resemble and share ideas of the strengths/weaknesses of your Biblical personality type.
I was secretly hoping to test out as a "Paul" or a "Peter", or "Moses" or maybe "Joshua" or "Joseph." Three guesses as to whom I tested out as?
Did you guess MARTHA? Yes, I tested out as Martha!
Not any of my male Bible heroes, but the busy, responsible, hard-working, wanting to be in control SISTER! of Mary and Lazarus. Martha, the one who in Luke 10 was upset at Mary for not helping serve the house guests. Martha the one who met Jesus after Lazarus died and was obviously the one running all the funeral preparations. That's me.
When I first tested out as Martha, I balked, and blamed the test as faulty, and inaccurate. These tests are always kind of flimsy, anyway. Right? In desperation, I redid the test and the second time very carefully chose my answers to all the questions. Second time? Same result!
Martha isn't exactly who I wish I resembled amongst Biblical personalities, but I have resigned myself to accepting the reality that indeed I am a lot more like Martha than I would like to admit. How I have longed to be like Mary, whom Jesus commended, "...for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
But the truth is much closer to Jesus' words to Martha, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one..."
Yes, I am more like Martha than I care to admit. Those who know me best can attest to this. Always worried, intense or bothered about something. Upset with everyone else because they don't live up to my high expectations. Irritated with my Mary friends (no pun intended!) who are so happy-go-lucky while the world goes to hell... "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do ALL the serving ALONE?" That's how we Marthas' feel.
My consolation? John 11:5a... some of the sweetest words in the N.T.
Isn't it nice to know Jesus loves us, accepts us just as we are? He even has a special place and love in his heart for all of us Marthas. After all, nothing would ever get done if it weren't for all of us Marthas out there!
Which Bible character do you identify most with? (You have permission from "Martha" to share even if you haven't taken Schwarz's Bible Personality Test!) :-)