Summary: A message point to the hazards of busyness in the Christian life.
"The Good, the Better, and the Best!"
Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Introduction: ILL: One day, a teacher was teaching her young class the story of Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. She carefully explained how Mary and Martha had hurried to clean the house and cook a special meal. Then she paused and asked, "What would you do if Jesus was going to visit your house today?" One little girl quickly responded, "I'd put the Bible on the table!"
I. The Laboring One
a. Her description
The home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus was an oasis for Jesus and His disciples and its nearness to Jerusalem made it a convenient and comfortable place to rest, relax and reload! Martha was probably a wealthy widow and the oldest of the three siblings. How they met we are not told but their friendship with the Lord was important to Him and we have several glimpses of their relationship, not the least of which is the record we have in John chapter 11 of the death and resurrection of Lazarus just six days before the last Passover that Jesus would observe.
b. Her distraction
Martha has invited Jesus into her home and she feels personally responsible for the needs of her guests. This would include all the normal things that we ourselves would do if we had company. There would be meals to prepare and serve and beds to make up, just to name a few. Hospitality would be high up on her list of things to do! I don't want a show of hands but how many of you have stayed home from church because you had company coming to get ready or because company was already there? I have always had a question about this practice and it goes something like this: What kind of a message does it send to your loved ones about the importance of church when you do this and then you ask your church to pray for those loved ones who may be outside side of the ark of safety?
ILL: One morning a farmer told his wife that he was going out to pluck the ripe fruits from his field. He got off to an early start so he could warm up the truck. He needed more petrol, so he went to the store to get it. On the way to the store he noticed the pigs weren't fed. So he proceeded to the corn crib, where he found some sacks of feed. Beside the sacks were potatoes that were sprouting. Then when he started for the potato pit, he passed the wood pile and remembered that his wife wanted wood in the house. As he picked up a few sticks, an ailing chicken passed by. He dropped the wood and picked up the chicken.