Summary: Getting to know God must become our single greatest pursuit if we truly want to honor Him with our lives. Mary chose connecting with Jesus above serving. Both are important but one flows out of the other.
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 college degrees 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. So here is the main idea of the message today.
Prop: Getting to know God must become our single greatest pursuit if we truly want to honor Him with our lives.
Interrogative: Well, what does that look like? How can we make knowing God the most important thing in our lives?
TS: Let’s talk about some of the demands of life first, and then we’ll move on to the one thing that is needed.
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.”
- In the movie City Slickers, Jack Palance asks Billy Crystal, “Do you know what the secret to life is?” Billy answers, “No, what?” Jack holds up his finger and says, “This.” Billy says, “Your finger?” Then Jack says, “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean [nothin’].” Billy answers, “That’s great, but what’s the one thing?” Jack says, “That’s what you’ve got to figure out.”