Luke 10:38-42… “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (NASB).
“But Martha was cumbered about much serving” (v. 40, KJV). She was distracted by all the elaborate preparations. Jesus said to Martha, “Martha, only a few things are necessary–really, only one.” Stop and think on that sentence. Too many Christians make their lives busier than it should be. In Genesis 2, God created the man and the woman and placed them in a home (Eden) where He could live with them. In Eden there was only one requirement: don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17).
In our text, we see seven wonderful truths (or characteristics) about a Christian home…
V. 38… The first wonderful thing about this home is that they received Jesus into the home. The word “Christian” is really “Christ-in,” or “one into whose life Jesus has been made welcome and made to feel at home.”
V. 39… The second wonderful thing about this home is that they gave Jesus first place, recognizing Jesus as Lord and sitting at His feet listening to what he is saying. This tells me that Jesus guides the conversation (Psalm 50:23). He selects the reading material (Colossians 3:16), He controls what feeds the mind (Psalm 101:3), and He regulates the conduct of the home (1 Corinthians 6:12-20).
V. 39… The third wonderful thing about this home is the conversation, i.e., the Word. “And heard His word” (KJV). Good words make for a happy home. Some folks like a private reading of the Word, others a family altar with the reading of the Word, and still others enjoy a CD with the hearing of the Word. However you do it, read the Word. (See Joshua 24:14-15, Deuteronomy 11:18-21.)
V. 40… The fourth wonderful thing about this home is that common tasks were done and are necessary, but Martha was cumbered about with too much serving. She was too busy with elaborate preparations. She was doing too much. She loved Jesus as much as Mary did. She wanted to sit at His feet too, but she also wanted the meal to be “just right.” She was cooking for Jesus and was overdoing it. She was fussy about putting on a “showy spread.” Colossians 3:23 reads, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (NLT).
V. 38… The fifth wonderful thing about this home was the spirit of hospitality. Friends of Jesus were welcome too. Note the words “as they went.” This refers to the disciples of Jesus. This is why Martha was cumbered about. One of the ministries of the home is the ministry of hospitality. Romans 12:13 teaches that we should be “contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” (NASB). Titus 1:8 reads, “[Be] a lover of hospitality” (KJV). 1 Peter 4:9 reads, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”
Vv. 40-41… The sixth wonderful thing about this home is that they took their problems to Jesus. Martha was perplexed; her sister Mary was sitting listening to Jesus instead of helping out in the kitchen. We get upset over little things. We fret, we fuss, and we burden ourselves over nonessentials. We complain about the lack of cooperation and about our workloads. Jesus said, “Only a few things are needed; really, only one.” Christians make too much work for themselves when Jesus is in the house. Stop and listen. Hear what He is saying. We fill our church services with so many nonessentials. Everything has to be perfect. We make issues out of things that are not important. We leave church more tired than when we came in. It ought not to be that way.
V. 39… The seventh thing about this home is the quiet time, the sitting at the feet of Jesus. The private time, just Jesus and you. Jesus said that the one thing which was needful was the good part. Mary chose to hear what Jesus was saying. That was the part worthy to be concerned about. Hearing Jesus is the only one thing that is needful. There is a time to stop “doing” and to start “hearing.” Remember to keep this in balance. Jesus didn’t rebuke Martha for her spirit of hospitality, He just said, “Don’t upset yourself with too many details.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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