Balancing the Best From Martha & Mary
Now as they were traveling along, He (Jesus) entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations, and she came up to Him and said “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38-42 (NASB) 1. LIFE’S BUSYNESS AND DISTRACTIONS CAN LEAD TO WORRYING, COMPLAINING AND BEING CRITICAL Greek word for Distracted is PERISPAO. It means to be overly occupied, busy, drawn away and driven about mentally with the cares of life. 2. PRINCIPLE OF THE FULCRUM LET JESUS BE YOUR CENTER FOCUS Surely, He (Jesus) has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Isaiah 53:4 (NKJV) 3. DON’T NEGLECT THE “ONE THING” NECESSARY; YOUR TIME WITH JESUS Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (ERV) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS Who do you most relate to in the story about Martha and Mary? Why? Take the time to assess your life. Do you find yourself worrying, complaining or being critical about yourself or others? If so, pray and ask God to show you the root cause of this. Ask others to pray for you to be set free from it. How can you apply the Principle of the Fulcrum to your life? What changes need to be made when it comes to balance and making Jesus center focus of your life? Are you balanced when it comes to serving the Lord vs. sitting at His feet and spending time with Him? If not, what action steps can you take to bring a healthier balance in your life?