Pastor Thomas Costello spoke on Luke 10:38-42. He talked about the story of Mary and Martha.
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion:
- The discussion question was “What was the hardest job you ever had?” If you are in a Community Group, take some time to share this with your group!
- After reading the passage, which of the women in the story do you relate better to? Are you a Mary or a Martha? Why?
- What is the point of trying to be more like Mary? What does Jesus intend for us when he asks us to be more like her?
- Pastor Thomas addressed the issue of BURNOUT and how we often look at it in the wrong way. We don’t burn out, because we serve God TOO MUCH, but because we are going about it in the wrong way. How does this strike you? Have you ever experienced Burnout yourself and how did you come out of it?
- What would it look like in your life to be more like Mary? How can you make it happen?
- Start talking or thinking about what your gifts are and how to serve God as a “Mary first and a Martha second”.