"Only One Thing Is Needed"
I. What Mary Did
A. Mary sat at Jesus' feet, listening to him (v. 39).
1. The implication of the Greek phrase translated "seated" is that Mary got as close as she possibly could.
a. What could possibly be greater than listening to the LORD of the universe, who created and sustains all things.
b. As a Christian, one must believe that the Scriptures are the absolute authority and word of God.
i. Cf. 2Tim 3:16
c. Thus, one must also realize that the Word of God is the foundation on which (s)he must build their lives.
i. Deut 8:1-3
II. What Martha Did
A. Martha worked, making "preparations" in an effort to be hospitable (v. 40).
1. Cf. Col 3:23
B. Martha was also cumbered, otherwise translated distracted.
1. The Greek word denotes that she was torn between two sides.
a. Whatever it was that distracted her, the implication is that she was distracted about how well the work would be perceived.
2. When one gets cumbered, three things always follow.
a. They will always be irritable.
b. Cumbered people will always be judgmental, as noted by Martha's judgmental attitude toward Mary.
i. Cf. Rom 14:4
c. When one is cumbered, (s)he will be
very harsh toward God, as noted by "Lord, do you not care…"
III. What Jesus Did
A. Jesus loved Martha, as noted by "Martha, Martha," which shows His comforting love.
B. He worked for Martha.
1. At this point in the Gospel of Luke, we know that Jesus had set His face toward Jerusalem, where'd He'd redeem sinful men from their enslavement to sin.
a. There is absolutely no work that man can do to merit salvation, except to believe.
i. Cf. John 6:28-29
b. Because of the liberating power of the Gospel, one can work for the glory of God, rather than him-/herself.
i. This frees one from the stress that comes from trying to win people's favor or God's.
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