Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Undistracted Sitting and Listening Luke 10:38-42

Summary: Mary was absorbed in Jesus’ words while Martha was absorbed in serving. These two women represent two kinds of people in the church today. We can learn valuable lessons from each one.

  1. A.   Read the text. Who were Mary and Martha? Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-5
  1. Step back for a moment and think about how busy mothers are all the time. It is a 24/7 ministry. Do you remember this, dads?
  1. Read the text again. Who is this written for? Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 119:18, Romans 15:4
  1. A.   What did the two sisters do when Jesus “entered a certain village?” Luke 10:38-39
  1. What does it look like today when you welcome Jesus into your home and sit at His feet?
  1. A.   What contrast do we have in verse 40?
  1. Read verses 39 and 40 again. With what was each sister absorbed?
  1. Two categories of people described in this passage, those who are devoted to listening to the Lord and those who are devoted to serving the Lord. What reaction did Mary and Martha express toward one another regarding what each had chosen? Luke 10:40
  1. A.   How does Martha question the Lord? Is she alone in this line of questioning? Luke 10:40, Mark 4:38
  1. Can we get to the point that we question God’s care for us?
  1. What step follows questioning the Lord? Luke 10:40
  1. A.   How does Jesus get Martha’s attention in verse 41? Have we heard this before? Genesis 22:11, Luke 22:31-32, Acts 9:4
  1. We have already seen Martha was distracted. What other emotion was she displaying? Luke 10:41
  1. In this matter of worry, Jesus takes this right to the fundamental issues of life. Matthew 6:25-34, Psalm 94:19
  1. A.   What is the solution to our distracted, worried, bothered lives? Luke 10:39, 42
  1. We have chosen, once for all, our Savior and salvation. But day by day, we must choose the Lord. Read the account again. What one thing did Mary choose? Luke 10:38-42
  1. If we chose poorly and put anything above Christ, such as riches, fame, family, or pleasure, it will ultimately be taken away from us. Luke 10:42, Philippians 1:21

Principles from Luke 10:38-42:

1)   Jesus is not teaching heart occupation with Christ as opposed to much service. The people you know who are the most occupied with Jesus are the most occupied with service. II Corinthians 11:2-3, Philippians 1:21-22

2)   Jesus is teaching that the source of the Christian life is Jesus Christ himself. Do you have undistracted, unplugged, daily time with him? A missionary’s advice: “Sit at the foot of the cross, and tell the people what you see.”

3)   Mary was listening “to the Lord’s word.” Meditate on the Word of God. Psalm 1:1-2, Matthew 4:4, 24:35, John 6:63, 8:47, 14:6 & 9, Colossians 3:16

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