So last week I introduced the sermon from Luke 10:38-42 by asking if you feel defeated by the busyness of life? Do you feel that way? Do you wish you could escape the busyness, find some freedom, some space some peace? As we looked at the story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, Jesus taught us how to find that space and peace.
What we learned is that Martha was distracted by the busyness of life, by lesser things. Not bad things, but lesser things. Houses need to be cleaned and cared for. Cars need to be maintained. These are important things. But like Martha, these things can distract us to the point of being overburdened and anxious. But there is something greater. That something greater is making space for Jesus in our lives.
Jesus said that Martha was worried and anxious over lesser things, and that Mary had made the right choice by focusing on learning from Jesus.
Jesus tells Martha that Mary chose better, and that will not be taken from her.
How many of you have desired to grow closer in your relationship with Jesus, but you’ve thought “I can read more from the Bible, when the kids are out of the house. When school is done. When the big project at work is finished. When the project at home is done. In the winter when there is no yard work.”???
We have great plans for growing in our relationship with Jesus, and yet we put it off. We can be distracted by lesser things. How many of you watch spend lots of time watching shows on Netflix or TV, but barely give any time to reading the Bible. Sitting at Jesus’ feet? Listening to him?
How many of you spend loads of time on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Snapchat, but the Bible app goes unused?
Are you distracted? Are you over burdened? What are you doing with those burdens?
Are you more like Martha or Mary? Again Jesus says that Mary chose better.
So how do we change? We have to actually do something. We have to choose better. We have to make changes. We talk a lot about these things. We talk about not wanting to become legalistic, and so then we do very little. But we can joyously, graciously, non-legalistically change how we spend our time so that we sit at Jesus’ feet more and more often.
It could mean lowering your standards for how clean your house needs to be so that you can free up time in your life to spend with Jesus.
It could mean less TV and more time reading your Bible.
It could mean, like the guy in the video last week suggested, changing how busy your family is, particularly how much the kids are involved in. Less running around can mean more free time for family and Jesus.
As a family, make it a priority to have dinner together. And bring God into that. In our house that means pulling out the Bible and reading a chapter after dinner. It’s nothing fancy. Usually we don’t discuss the chapter. I just read. One small piece of advice I would recommend is that you use a contemporary translation. I use The Message version because it is so readable and easy to understand.
Finally, make participation in worship, Sunday School and small group a priority for your family. It is in those times where we gather together with a community of believers to hear from the Lord together.