*Introduction: *Luke emphasized the humanity of Jesus.
It is only appropriate that many of the teachings of Jesus which Luke recorded show us how to live a human life in union with God.
Luke contains some of the best-known stories about Jesus’ life.
Here find the story of the Good Samaritan, the Lord’s Prayer and the conflict between the sisters Mary and Martha,
*In these paragraphs of Luke we begin to understand more of what spirituality is not—and how to live our lives in union with our God.*
*Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV) *Martha is the first person seen, and she has a highly commendable character.
It is said that "Jesus loved Martha" (John 11:5).
*Therefore, it is important to see the strong points of her character, and to see what it was that caused a person who was so strong to fail.** *
*/Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV) /**/38 /**/Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.
40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?
Tell her then to help me."
41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her." /*
a. Martha was a giving person.
Note that she owned a house so large she could give lodging to Jesus and His apostles.
Taking care of so many was expensive, yet she willingly entertained them.
b. Martha was a courageous person.
It was now dangerous to associate too closely with Jesus, especially around Jerusalem.
The authorities were seeking some way to kill Jesus (see John 7:25, 30, 32).
Many of His own disciples had forsaken Him (John 5:66) and others were now speaking against Him (John 7:20, 43-44).
Even His own family had rejected Him (John 7:3-5).
Nevertheless, Martha welcomed Him; */she was willing to let the world know of her devotion to Him./*
c. Martha was a caring and loving person.
She loved and cared for her sister Mary.
Note that Mary was living with Martha, and that her brother Lazarus was also living there (John 11:1).
For some unknown reason, Martha was taking care of them both.
She felt a deep devotion for her family, loving and caring for them very much.
There are a whole lot of lessons in this little bit of word!
*Point 1:* */38 /**/Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home./**/
THE CONDUCT OF CHRIST IS TO BE CONSIDERED.
It is observable that as soon as He entered the house, He attended to the great work for which He came into the world.
Jesus began to do what I believe was one of his most important jobs.
*He began to teach*, how do we know this?
*Point 2:* .
39 She had a sister named Mary, */who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying./*
People normally sat on chairs or, at banquets, reclined on couches; *but disciples sat at the feet of their teachers.*
*/ 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?
Tell her then to help me."/*
*Point 3:* */41 /**/But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."/*
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha.
There are several notable instances of this repetition of the name by the Master in the New Testament story, and in each case, every time that he said it, *Jesus spoke in pitying love.*
Remember in the word were he said “Simon, Simon,” in Lu 22:31, and “Saul, Saul,” in Ac 9:4.
Jesus was teaching, and if you turn to the words and meaning of our Lord.
They are not to be taken as words in a sermon, but as words spoken in the quiet atmosphere of the house, with holy emphasis attached to them.
Why are you troubled so? *My coming has proved indeed a burden to thee.*
When Jesus pays a visit, *if you have some things within you that are not ready to receive him, his very presence can become a burden!*
Martha wanted our Lord to tell Mary to rise from sitting at His feet, and come and help in the preparation of the meal; she was grudging her the place she had taken.
Consider the words about Mary.
The Lord replies: “Oh Martha!
It is not the seat of honour; it is the lowliest place.
It is at My feet.*
She has not taken thy place as head of the house, but simply the retired place, the place of a disciple, *at his feet*—the humblest place there was at the table.
She has chosen that good place which shall not be taken from her.”
So many lessons are there within these verses!
*Sometimes, even the best of the saints lose perspective and direction because we are so busy trying to serve that we forget to be servants!*
Nowhere does our Bible say that Martha was a bad person, nowhere do any words describe her as worthless or wicked, You cannot find anywhere within scripture anything that says that she had bad intentions.
Yet still with all that she had going for her she was selfish in desires even as she was doing what she thought was right!
*Point 4:* OBSERVE, HOW IMPROPER IT IS FOR A FOLLOWER OF THE LORD JESUS TO BE SELFISH*.
Mary who hears His word pleases Him better than Martha who prepares His meal:* read your Bible, *Jesus would rather feed than be fed.*
Now let me pause a moment to set up what I am about to say, I want to let you know that I am not one of these preachers who see spirits around every corner.
We have too many people who stand in the pulpit and blame everything that they cannot explain on every kind of demonic force imaginable.
So many preachers fill the pulpit with words that *are seemingly deep, but never defined!
Now demons and demonic activity are real and biblical but so often I find that rather than pray, fast, and go to the word for answers, we see spirits everywhere and blame them for all of our problems.
Sometimes it seems that we find it so easy to blame all that lives around us than to repent and change within us!
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
Has among its definitions of the word “spirit”. . .
.(1) the activating or essential principle influencing a person 〈acted in a spirit of helpfulness〉. . .
(2) prevailing tone or tendency (/spirit/ of the age).
I want you to understand just what I mean when I say this. . . .
Spirit of Mary* . .
.and *the Spirit of Martha* are still alive with in our churches even today!
When I say the Spirit of Martha. .
I say the Spirit of Mary. . .
.I am not talking demons, I am talking about demonstrations!
*What we do as believers speaks a whole lot louder than what we say!*
THE MARTHA SPIRIT IS STILL VERY PREVALENT IN THE CHURCH and if we are not careful it can spread among us all.
*There is a considerable tendency among Christian people, in serving Christ, to aim at making a fair show in the flesh.
Jesus would be better pleased with a grain of love than a heap of ostentatious service.
THE MARTHA SPIRIT INJURES TRUE SERVICE.
It brings the least welcome offering to Christ.
It brings self too much to remembrance.**
The Martha spirit shows itself in those who get mad and attack those who come to church not looking to be entertained!
If you can’t act a certain way, if you somehow find yourself unable to make a lot of noise there is a spirit of Martha that lives in some people in the church that makes you think that something is wrong with you and your relationship to God.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with persons who are careful about Christ’s word, who stand up for the doctrines of the gospel, who desire to maintain the ordinances as they were delivered unto them and who are scrupulous and thoughtful, and careful concerning the truth as it is in Jesus.
The spirit that is Martha gets mad at and goes to Jesus concerning Mary.
Mary, treasuring Up every word of Christ, Mary, counting each syllable a pearl, is reckoned to be unpractical, if not altogether idle.
The Spirit of Martha will make you feel that quiet contemplation, worship, and growth in grace are not unimportant.
I look around and I get scared at some of the things that I see in the modern day church.
I pray we shall not give way to the spirit which despises our Lord’s teaching, for if we do, *in prizing the fruit and despising the root we shall lose the fruit and the root too.*
Martha was not bad, just misguided even in the presence of Jesus, Mary was the better way, and Jesus said that it would not be taken from her.
In working, Martha’s fruits ripen very quickly, in worshipping Mary’s take time.
While she was sitting at Christ’s feet, she was forming and filling.
It is not popular in today’s style of preaching but we need to know even in these times *you are not losing time while you are feeding the soul.*
*When you spend time in his presence, then when the season for work comes you will work with a power and a result which empty people can never attain, however busy they may be.*