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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

November 8, 2014

Saturday

 

Luke 10:41-42

 

“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.”

 

LESSON

 

Jesus showed concern for Martha’s anxiety, but He did not do what she asked. The “many things” that “bothered” Martha were her excessive “preparations” for the meal. She had allowed her duties as hostess to become too burdensome. Apparently she wished to honor Jesus with an elaborate meal, but a simpler one that would have allowed her some time to listen to her Guest would have been better. The few things in view were the things involved in simple entertaining. The one indispensable thing was listening to Jesus’ teachings, which reflects an attitude of dependence. Jesus was telling Martha that the “one thing” that Mary had “chosen” was more important than the “many things” Martha had chosen to do. The implication was that Martha should listen more and labor less. The “good part” that Mary would not lose, was the blessing that comes to those who pay attention to the teachings of Jesus with an attitude of dependence on Him.

Do we work for God? Or with God? Martha teaches us a powerful lesson, she had Jesus in her house, but her ministry cumbered her, and she missed an opportunity of being at Jesus’ feet. Few things are as damaging to the Christian life as trying to work for Christ without taking time to commune with Christ.

 

Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 7:9

 

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