Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/24/2008

Sunday’s message in the The Road to Jerusalem series was called Rest Stop on the Road to Jerusalem, taken from Luke 10:38-42.

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.” (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that we must take time to be with Jesus on the road of discipleship. Here is a brief summary of the message:

I. We must take time to listen to Christ. (38-39)

Jesus and his disciples made a rest stop at Martha and Mary’s house in Bethany. But this was also a rest stop for Mary. Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” It was common in those days for pupils to sit at the feet of their teachers. By sitting at Jesus’ feet Mary was showing a desire to learn and demonstrating respect for Jesus as her teacher.

We too must take time to listen to Jesus. A rest stop is not just a break from the daily routine of life. It is a refueling for the journey. We must take time daily to draw near to Jesus, to sit at his feet and let him teach us. We do this through careful reading of God’s Word and through prayer.

II. We must beware of distractions. (40)

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said, but Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. The Greek here literally says, “she was distracted by much service or ministry.” Can ministry distract us from Jesus? It sounds strange at first, but it can happen. It is possible to get so wrapped up in serving the Lord that we can forget to love the Lord.

Martha wasn’t involved in wrong things. She wasn’t engaged in sinful activity. She was serving. In fact, she was serving Jesus! Martha’s problem was that she was distracted in her serving. She was missing what Jesus wanted for her that afternoon. She was missing the joy of sitting at Jesus’ feet, enjoying his presence, hearing his word which is life itself. She was traveling the road of discipleship without taking time for the rest stops.

III. We must choose the one thing necessary. (41-42)

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” The truth comes out. Martha was not just upset about Mary. She was worried and upset about many things. And yet Jesus said only one thing was really necessary — to sit at His feet and hear his word. Before we can truly give to others, we must receive from the Lord. We must have fellowship with the Lord in prayer and in his word.

Jesus told Martha, ““Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” There is a time to serve and a time to sit, and sitting takes priority. Service must grow out of sitting. Those who sit at Christ’s feet and learn from him will not serve him less, but they will serve him better.

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