Luke 10:38-42            Priorities

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” ESV


  • Goes and invites Jesus into her home
  • Then begins to make a list of things to do. overwhelming
  • Then expects others to help.
  • Jesus was happy and had no expectations
  • Martha was putting this load of expectation on herself
    • Marth wanted to be Martha Stewart
  • Scriptures say Martha was “DISTRACTED” with much serving
    • How often have we let our work keep us from Jesus?
    • How often have we allowed RELIGIOUS BUSINESS keep us from spending time with Jesus?
    • How do we deal with the distractions of the World when we should be drawing close to Jesus?
      • Our eternal enemy will try to distract you
      • The world will try to distract you
      • Your own flesh will try to distract you
        • Heads with ache
        • Tummy’s will rumble
        • Muscles will bind up
        • Phones will ring
        • Facebook will “BING”
      • Anything and everything to pull you away from your devotion -Time with Jesus
    • How often do we allow our problems pull us away from Jesus?
    • How often do we allow our pain pull us away from Jesus?
    • How often do we allow events pull us away from Jesus?


  • Went to the feet of Jesus
  • Listened to Jesus
  • Period


Martha had the priority of flesh

She was left worried, anxious and troubled about many things

Mary’s priority was being at the feet of Jesus

Listening             Learning                  Growing

Yes, we should serve.

BUT, you should know the One you serve so you serve rightly

DO NOT serve your way away from a relationship with Jesus!

When Jesus is in the house you should not be full of worry or troubled!

One thing is necessary! 

     Getting as CLOSE TO JESUS as you can

     Spiritual Formation




There is One who can help.

   We try so many things

   We spend so much time and money with no lasting results

There is One who will always be there.

   One who will never leave you or forsake you

   On that nothing can separate you from

               Not time or space/physical life or death/strength or anything else in all of existence 


Sometimes the best answer is this:  “Don’t just DO something, SIT THERE!”