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Summary: A simple message on the rewards of simplicity and time spent with Jesus based on Martha the server.

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Keeping It Simple

Luke 10:38 - 42 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

Intro: Maybe you’ve heard about the preacher who was getting ready to speak at a big conference. He was a little bit nervous, because he had a lot to say and had prepared a long complex presentation on his topic. Just before he was called up to speak, his wife slipped him a note that simply said, “KISS.” He didn’t have much time to think about it, however, because he was introduced and called up to begin his presentation. He waxed eloquent, going on and on about the intricacies of theological methodology. When he sat down an hour later, he asked his wife what the note was for. Was she giving him a KISS to encourage him? She smiled sweetly and said, “No. KISS means Keep It Simple, Stupid.”

-We often complicate the things of the Bible and make them harder than they need to be. When we boil it all down, it really is pretty simple. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist, or have a doctorate, masters, bachelors, associate degree, or even a high school diploma to know Jesus. Keep it simple, stupid. Or, to put it more kindly, “Keep it simple, sweetie.” Only one thing deserves level one priority in our lives. That leads us to the main idea of the message today.

Prop: If we will prioritize the “one thing” that is needed, then we will be able to do all things through Christ.

Interrogative: What things are important in our lives?

TS: As we look at different kinds of things that beckon our attention, we will see that one stands out above them all. First, let’s talk about the demands of life.

I. The Tyranny of “Many Things” (Lk. 10:40-41)

-40“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things.”

-There are many things in our lives that require our attention, our efforts, our time, and our resources. If you are a parent with children at home, you are reminded every morning that somebody needs you. There is breakfast to fix, clothes to find and put on, lunches to prepare, chores to do, rides to give, money to part with, and so on. Whether you are a parent or not, you still face several of these things each day: bills to pay, cars to fix, shopping to do, broken things to fix, insurance to deal with, taxes to worry about, other family concerns to attend to. It is easy for us to get lost in the flurry of demands that each day brings. Been there, done that, still do!

-Martha too was distracted by all of the things she had to do in order to be a good hostess and provide the expected generous hospitality for their special guest, Jesus, as well as all of His disciples. There were likely at least 13 mouths to feed that day, not counting Mary, Martha, or their brother Lazarus. Here is how things might have gone down that day at Martha’s House of Pancakes. Martha was up to her elbows in Jewish food preparation, and suddenly realized she was low on fresh water. So she grabbed the bucket and ran to the well, filled it, spilled it, refilled it, and rushed back as quickly as she could. Mary was still sitting there and hadn’t even been in the kitchen to help with anything. As Martha bustled around the kitchen, she was getting more and more frustrated with her sister. Finally, when she heard Mary laugh out loud at something Jesus had said, she’d had it. She marched into the room and gave Mary one of those unmistakable sisterly looks that said, “Just wait until I get you alone.” Jesus glanced up and gave Martha a little smile, inviting her into the conversation. But Martha was in no mood for chit chat. She said, “"Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

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