Summary: I have heard some preachers say we should always be like Mary and less busy than Martha. And I have heard other preachers say we should be more like Martha; always being productive with no idleness in our lives. I believe the Lord wants us to be like Mary
RAYLEIGH AM 17 01 2010 FOCUS
What if your car only started once out of every two or three tries, would you consider it to be a good car?
What if the postman only came to your house a couple times a week, would you consider him to be reliable?
What if the electricity only worked occasionally when you flipped the light switch; would you call the electric company to complain?
We tend to set a high standard of expectation in the things we want, don’t we? So...
What if we applied the same standards to church as we do other areas of our lives?
If you fail to worship God one or two Sundays a month, would you expect to be called a faithful Christian?
We expect loyalty and reliability from things and other people - isn’t it reasonable then that God just might expect that same level of reliability and loyalty from us when it comes to worshiping His Son?
What brought you here this morning?
Was it your desire to fill your heart with more of Jesus?
Was it an eagerness to be in the house of the Lord, giving Him all of you – all over again?
Or was it a sense of obligation?
Was it habit?
Is coming to church something you do, or something you need?
One Sunday morning, a mother yelled upstairs to her son who just wouldn’t get out of bed.
She said, ‘This is your last chance!
You get up so you can get ready to go to church!’
The son yelled back down, ‘I don’t want to go to church today!’
The mother said he had to because he was the Pastor!
There are times when all of us might have to just stay home for one reason or another,
but there should also be one underlying reason that keeps us coming back, and that one reason should be our desire to worship our Savior;
having a feeling of closeness with Him that is so personal we could no longer stay away from church than we could keep from eating.
The passage I want us to consider this morning is found in LUKE 10:38-42.
Lets put these verses into context - Jesus had just given the parable of the Good Samaritan to show how we are supposed to love our neighbor, and now he is using this situation with the two sisters to show how we are supposed to love our God.
LUKE 10:38-42. As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!” ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’
Martha’s home was located in the small village of Bethany, which was just outside Jerusalem.
Some bible scholars say that the way the bible describes this place as her home, would suggest that perhaps Martha was a widow and, therefore, was now the head of the household.