“What is Necessary?”      Luke 10:38-42

This story involves two sisters who loved Jesus

Mary had a rough past, but she deeply loved Jesus (Luke 7:36-46)

Martha had a mature understanding of Christ (John 11:20-27)

Any church would be thrilled to have these women, but even godly people sometimes lose focus

The story starts well; Martha opens her home to Jesus

Jesus had no home of his own, and was constantly traveling. How welcome this must have been

The gospels show Martha to be a woman of action, which is good and biblical

However, Martha’s hospitality turned to anger and accusation 

While doing good things Martha had lost sight of the best thing

Jesus tells Martha, that Mary was the one with her priorities in order

The “good portion” that Mary chose, was time with Jesus

If we are honest, sometimes this can feel like lost time to us:

“I have important things to get done; I can’t stop to read my Bible”

“I have serious requests to pray for; I can’t spend time just worshiping Him”

Time with Jesus is the “necessary thing”, because we desperately need Him (Jn 15:4-5)

Our focus on Jesus is the “good portion”, because he is so wonderful

We must be on guard against losing the greatest priority in life

Don’t let busyness keep us from time in prayer and God’s Word

Don’t let our children’s activities keep them from God’s Church

Martha was not wrong by serving; she was “distracted” in serving

Distraction is a bigger struggle for us than an outward rejection of God

At some point, Martha’s agenda in serving got mixed up

She was no longer hosting, she was finding her identity in it

She was no longer serving Jesus, she working in her kingdom

We see several evidences that Martha was out of focus:

She felt Jesus needed to get with her plans

She became judgmental of Mary’s choice

Getting her self-assigned job done, pushed away being with Jesus

Her heart exuded anxiety and self-pity

Luke’s placement of this story helps us get the point!

Immediately before this story is the parable of the Good Samaritan, which shows that love takes action

Immediately after this story, Jesus is praying and his disciples ask him to teach them to pray

Luke places this story about serving and devotion between Jesus instructing people about love taking action, and Jesus leading his disciples into closer devotion to God

We must not interpret this story as minimizing the value of being people of action

We cannot follow Jesus without having a servant’s heart (Luke 22:24-27)

And if we are not “doers of the Word”, we are deceiving ourselves (James 1:22)

Luke is creating a balanced and healthy picture for us

To love God we must be active as his servants

To live as servants of God must stay connected to the Vine

What can we take home from this story of Mary and Martha?

1.  If you want to stay on track for Christ, then your priority must be time with him

2.  If you are not sure what to do, pursuing God is always the best place

3.  What people need most from you, is a heart that is close to God

4.  The greatest heritage you can pass on, is who you are in Christ

One Response to SERMON LEFTOVERS 5.12.14

  • Renee' Burrough says:

    I was deeply convicted by your sermon yesterday Pastor Kyle. Striving to find more balance as life changes with new responsibilities and illness. Praying to have more of a servant heart. Knowing God is my most precious provider…

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