Aug 08, 2021 |Jesus And The

Busy Sisters

08.08.21 | Jesus And The

Busy Sisters

Justin Detmers

Luke 10:38-42

In this new series of “Jesus And The”, Pastor Justin guides us through the interaction between Jesus and Martha and Mary.

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Presence with Christ > Productivity for Christ

While they were traveling, he entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:38-42

A (mere) worker is:

  • Often distracted
  • Worried & easily upset
  • Transactional & demanding
  • Empty & draining

When Jesus expects us to follow him all the way, he means not a frenzy of religious activity undertaken in our own strength, but the total abandonment of ourselves to him. - Michael Wilcock

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him — she’s a sinner!” Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He said, “Say it, teacher.” “A creditor had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.”
Luke 7:39-43

A worshiper:

  • Prioritizes the Savior
  • Gets still & fully present
  • Submits
  • Is fulfilled by Christ

Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal of approval on him.” “What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. Jesus replied, “This is the work of God — that you believe in the one he has sent.”
John 6:27-29

Set apart some time for meditation, that the Word may be grafted into your heart… If the food isn’t digested, it will do no good. There is a necessary labor involved in retaining and digested the word to point where you can make it your own and be transformed by it. - James Ussher

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)

Jesus’ teaching that attention to him is the most important thing in life. The focus of this passage is not that people should be unconcerned with (work)... but that the proper attitude toward Jesus is to listen to Him and obey His words. - The Bible Knowledge Commentary

Presence with Christ > Productivity for Christ

When it comes to your disposition, are you more often contemplative and good at being ‘in the moment’ OR being productive and accomplishing tasks?

Read Luke 10:38-42. In what specific ways does Martha’s interaction with Jesus differ from Mary’s interaction?

Still considering Luke 10:38-42, what does Jesus consider to be most important? To what degree does your life reflect what Jesus values most?

Read John 6:27-29. How are you tempted to ‘work for food that spoils’? How does the simplicity and importance of believing in Jesus encourage you and relieve needless stress?

Though we can’t literally sit at Jesus’ feet to listen to His teaching, we can still meditate on scripture to spend time in His presence. As such, how does a passage like Psalm 1:1-2 cast vision for biblical meditation as way of life?

What did you learn about/from Jesus this week? How does this insight potentially change the way you live?