Mary and Martha
Mary and Martha
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Ever allow yourself to get too busy? Is work getting you down? Even church work!
Doing service for the Lord is what we do as Christians. It is important that we work hard for the Lord and are busy about His work, winning the lost. It is also important that we perform service in the church and at home helping and serving others. There is much to do and little time to do it in! But before we can do anything we must remember what is more important than even working in the church and that is listening to the Lord and hearing His word. We must take time to be Holy!
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Some want to teach which was right which was wrong. But to describe them best is that Mary is the diligent student while Martha is the dutiful servant.
- Martha was Cumbered, or loaded down or distracted Verse 39, she wasn’t just doing the work of a hostess she was trying to handle too much and that was what was on her mind work!
· She lost sight of her priority
· Then she got aggravated with those not helping her and even with Jesus she was thinking he didn’t care enough about her work
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
We are many times become the seeds sown among the thorns when we let our daily lives to take our time away from Him
William H. Hinson tells us why animal trainers carry a stool when they go into a cage of lions. They have their whips, of course, and their pistols are at their sides. But invariably they also carry a stool. Hinson says it is the most important tool of the trainer. He holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. Those who know maintain that the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal, and it becomes tame, weak, and disabled because its attention is fragmented.
Martha was disabled in just that way!
- Mary was sitting at Jesus feet listening to his every word. She was hungry not for a meal to be cooked and eaten but hungry for the word of the Lord.
Jesus said one thing is needful and that was what Mary had chosen
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
3. Conclusion: Our devotion to Jesus is a daily affair not just when we have the time
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
But let us not allow ourselves to think we can just sit idly by and wait for someone else to always do something.
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.