Summary: Finding the one thing that God wants us to do.
38Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
A young stranger to the Alps was making his first climb, accompanied by two stalwart guides. It was a steep hazardous ascent. But he felt secure with one guide ahead and one guide following him. For hours they climbed. And now, breathless, they reached for the rocks protruding through the snow above them- the summit.
The guide ahead wished to let the stranger have the first glorious view of heaven and earth, and moved aside to let him go first. Forgetting the gales that would blow across the summit rocks, the young man leaped to his feet. But the chief guide dragged him down. “On your knees, sir.” He said, “You are never safe here unless you are on your knees.”
I. Martha welcomed. (38)
Mary invited Christ into her home. Instead of spending time with Him, she decided to do work. What an intimate time Christ wanted to have with her. She welcomed Him into her home and then proceeded to the kitchen. Doesn’t that sound a little rude? How would you feel if someone invited you into their home, but chose to clean house instead of being a good host. Oh but don’t we do this? How many of you have invited Christ in your home? Yes I mean your physical home, but I also mean you body. How many times has Christ yearned to spend time with you in prayer, you invited Him in only to get distracted by your thoughts, or the phone, or the television!
II. Martha worried (40, 41)
After doing the right thing of welcoming Christ into her home, Martha began to worry about all the work to being a good host.
Mt. 6:31-32 31“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
III. Martha wearied (40, 41) “troubled”
Are you picking up on the cycle here? Worrying leads to being weary. Can I get a witness? Listen to this warning from Christ. It warns us of being worried to the point that we are weary. It tells us that everyone that lives on the earth will have to face it (35). It also provides an “escape” (36).
Lk 21:34-36 34“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35“For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”