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Summary: Mary and Martha show us a contrast of two lives one that is frazzled one that is unfrazzled.

Staying UnFrazzled In A Frazzled World

Scripture: Luke 10:38–42,

Especially verses 41–42: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”


1) Being Frazzled

Allow me to assure you that being frazzled is not just a problem among mothers. This problem is found among all humans both male and female. It is seen in every age group.

Illustrate; Too many people are juggling multiple responsibilities while getting too little sleep and not enough exercise. This unbalanced lifestyle produces lives that are frazzled and fatigued.

• Recently the National Transportation Safety Board announced that operator fatigue is a primary cause of one hundred thousand traffic accidents every year in the United States, resulting in fifteen hundred deaths annually.

• On our American waterways, fatigue accounts for 16% of all Accidents; and on our rails, fatigue has caused twenty terrible train wrecks in the last ten years.

Key; Our message today applies to everyone not just our moms.

2 Mom’s happiness

Christian Comedian Mark Lowery points out in one of his routines that if Momma is not happy then nobody is happy.


• How many of the mom’s we have here today would agree with that?

• How many of you that live with these moms would agree with that?

Key; A mom would is happy adds immeasurable value to the home.

Illustrate; Do you remember when your Mom could fix anything? She had all the answers to your problem. She was a source of unlimited wisdom. She had it all together. She had a balance and was a happy person.

 In today’s text, Jesus met a frazzled woman and talked to her about her condition. Martha lived in the town of Bethany, just outside Jerusalem. How hard working and caring and practical she was.

 But Martha had some problems—not one single problem, but five overlapping ones that we can uncover by carefully reading this text.

I. The Road to being Frazzled


Verses 39–40 say: “But Martha was distracted with much serving.”

The Greek word is a compound of two smaller terms, the verb to draw and the word around or away. It is the idea of being pulled in every direction. Martha was pulled in every direction.

Application; Most of us can identify with that. We allow ourselves to become too busy;

• Busier than God intends,

• Busier than is necessary,

• Busier than is wise

Key; That’s why so many people are tired today.

2. Doubting.

In verse 40, Martha said something shocking: “Lord, do you not care. . . ?”

Key: How often, while being pulled in all directions, do we momentarily doubt God’s caring and concern?

Illustration; She was like the Psalmist who wrote: “No one cares for my soul” (Ps. 142:4).

3. Self-Pity.

“Lord,” said Martha, “do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?”

Key; Of course, Martha did need help. No one denies that. Many hands make light work. But the problem Jesus was dealing with was her spirit.

Application; In this case Martha chose being busy rather than being blessed. We must make that same choice.

4. Worry

Someone has defined worry as a small amount of fear that will rob you of your “faith walk” that will honor God.

5. Troubled Spirit


• Martha’s concerns were much greater than this meal. She had many things on her plate.

• She was just as confused as some of the others who was following Jesus.


• Martha gives us a picture of someone who had lost his or her balance. She was literally torn in many different directions. Her business had cost her the blessing of the Savor’s strength. We are reminded of Jesus’ words;

John 15:5

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

II. The Road to being Un-frazzled

Jesus’ prescription was a little dose of Mary-ness: “One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part.”

Keys: Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet, hearing His word. That implies three things:

1. Submission.

Key: The phrase “at his feet” occurs sixteen times in the Bible, and it often implies an attitude of submission and trust.

Mary could have sat on the sofa next to Christ, but she had a quiet, trusting, submissive heart, expressed by being at His feet.

• There is a total trust

• There is a total obedience

2. Devotion.

See the similar scene in John11 and 12, when this same Mary sitting at Jesus feet. In chapter 12 she expresses her devotion by washing His feet with perfume, and wiping them with her hair.

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