Many of us have been Christians for many years, and have even served God for some time. But some of us feel our spiritual lives are not growing. We wonder why. Today we will study a passage which shows how important it is to hunger after Christ, and see the proper relationship between the servant and the service.
II. BIBLE READING
Luke 10:38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” (NKJ)
A. Qualified To Serve?
- Who are the characters in this passage? Where did the incident happen? What happened?
- Mary and Martha both loved the Lord. In what ways did each sister show that she cared about Jesus? From their actions, what did each consider more important? How did Jesus evaluate their actions and priorities? What about us? What do we consider more important?
B. The King or The Kingdom?
- How is “quietly sitting at the feet of Jesus” (v. 39) translated into our lives? (Meditation, prayer, Bible reading, listening to messages, seeking counsel from godly people, being sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, worship.) Why is it more important than service? Why is it essential for our growth?
- a. We are often busy running around. Our Lord told Martha, “You are anxious and troubled about many things” (v. 41). What are the things we are anxious and troubled about, which distract us from quietly listening to our Lord? (Studies, work, trying to be more popular, trying to win friends, preparing for service, etc.)
b. When do legitimate concerns become distracting pre- occupations?
C. The Right Kind of Service
- Some people may decide: “From now on, I will not serve any more. I will just sit quietly and listen to the message.” Is this right? How can we maintain a balance between quiet worship and practical service? (Our Lord wants us to serve also. But only after having been inwardly strengthened by listening quietly to Him. Otherwise, our service will be harried and not pleasing to Him. A person who listens quietly to Him, who loves Him, will naturally end up serving Him with a glad heart.)
- Notice the attitude of Martha. Was she serving with a glad heart? Why? (She complained. She was harried. She compared herself with others. Because she had not learned to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus.)
REFLECTION: When we serve, is our attitude like Martha’s? Do we complain and compare (“How come he is not doing as much as I am “)? Are we harried?
- Did Jesus condemn Martha for her attitude? What do we learn about Jesus from His reply? (From the way Jesus addressed her, He was not condemning her, but was full of compassion and love for her in spite of her error.)
REFLECTION: How is my love for my Lord expressed? Am I loving Him as He wishes me to? Is my spiritual life growing? Am I truly hungering after Christ?
Our Lord is more concerned with the worker than the work. He is more concerned with the servant than the service. We should continue to hunger after Him. Then serve Him.