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Summary: To show that we need to be busy with the LORD and not for the LORD. To show different standard of living or lifestyles of faith, we pattern our lifestyle of living according to Mary.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Who are you like? Martha or Mary?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we need to be busy with the LORD and not for the LORD. To show different standard of living or lifestyles of faith, we pattern our lifestyle of living according to Mary.

IV. TEXT:

Luke 10:38-42 (Amplified Bible)

10:38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.

10:39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.

10:40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!

10:41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;

10:42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You've enabled us to pray in tongues every time and everywhere so we will never leave Your Presence.

VI. TITLE:

Differences between Mary and Martha

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Luke, the beloved physician

B. Date written: Before 70 A.D.

C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of Christ as seen by eye witnesses,—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

D. To whom written: Addressed to Theophilus, an unknown person. —Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

E. Main Theme: Jesus of Nazareth is the perfect Son of Man who came "to seek and to save that which was lost",—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

F. Key words: Jesus the Son of Man.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

G. Key verse: Luke 1:4 (Amplified Bible)

1:4 [My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

1. Mary receives the LORD in her heart while Martha received the LORD into her house

Mary's account:

Luke 7:37-48 (Amplified Bible)

7:37 And behold, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume).

7:38 And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).

7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to himself, If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him—for she is a notorious sinner (a social outcast, devoted to sin).

7:40 And Jesus, replying, said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he answered, Teacher, say it.

7:41 A certain lender of money [at interest] had two debtors: one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

7:42 When they had no means of paying, he freely forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?

7:43 Simon answered, The one, I take it, for whom he forgave and cancelled more. And Jesus said to him, You have decided correctly.

7:44 Then turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

7:45 You gave Me no kiss, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased [intermittently] to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly.

7:46 You did not anoint My head with [cheap, ordinary] oil, but she has anointed My feet with [costly, rare] perfume.

7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her—because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.

7:48 And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven!

Martha's account:

Luke 10:38 (Amplified Bible)

10:38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.

There was an encounter with the LORD JESUS of Mary before she was able to sat at LORD JESUS's feet, her sins are forgiven as well before she was able to listen with focus on the LORD JESUS's teachings. But with all due respect to Martha, she welcomed LORD JESUS's at her house but it was never said that her sins are forgiven or anything that she met LORD JESUS before this event. You can serve the LORD JESUS but make sure you are converted or a believer first before doing that.

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