* Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. She was distracted with much serving. She approached Jesus, questioning Him and telling Him what to do.
* Mary sat at Jesus' feet and listened to Him.
Two people interacting with Jesus. One chose the "good part." Is Jesus opposed to serving? It depends. Are we serving Him or serving idols of some sort? Not all service is alike. Is our serving like His serving or is our serving distracting us from loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and from loving our neighbor? Jesus came to serve and to give His life as a ransom (Mark 10:45). He was always about His Father's business, submitting Himself even to the point of dying on a cross..."not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42). This kind of service requires us to listen, to sit at His feet.
Interestingly, the very next thing Luke records for us after telling us about Martha and Mary is Jesus teaching His disciples to pray:
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven..."