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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 226/260: Mary and Martha

Read Luke 10:38-42

The Good Part

Life in the twenty-first century is full of many activities. I sometimes wonder how a person from the first century would view the busyness of our modern world, between fast-food restaurants, interstate travel, and the technology of the internet. Yet, even in the first century, they found ways to keep themselves busy.

When Jesus visited the sisters Mary and Martha, one sister paid close attention to Jesus while the other was distracted by the busyness of serving. Martha got quite frustrated that her sister was not helping, so she approached the Lord and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (Luke 10:40).

Jesus’ answer is very interesting. He did not condemn Martha for her choice to focus on “much serving,” but neither did He commend her for it. He explained that both women had a choice to make, and it was a choice that only they could make for themselves. Would they focus on the physical, as Martha did, or on the spiritual, as Mary chose? “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

If we focus too much on the physical, we will miss out on so much that Jesus has to offer. He warned in the Sermon on the Mount that worrying about physical things was a sign of little faith, and said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Have you chosen that which is needed, the good part? Consider the words of Paul: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

Where is your focus?

Who Is My Neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37)

The Good Samaritan sermon Who Is My Neighbor Luke 10

Luke 10:25-37

I. The question(s)

    A. “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)
    B. “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (Luke 10:26-28; cf. Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18)
    C. “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

II. The parable

    A. The priest (Luke 10:30-31; cf. Deuteronomy 22:1-4; Exodus 23:4-5)
    B. The Levite (Luke 10:32)
    C. The Samaritan (Luke 10:33-35)
    D. Which acted as a neighbor to the victim? (Luke 10:36-37a)

III. The call to action

    A. “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37b)
    B. A timeless truth (Micah 6:8; Matthew 23:23; Romans 13:10; Galatians 6:10)

Rejecting God

Rejecting God Luke 10

Luke 10:1-16

I. The opportunity and responsibility to spread the gospel (Luke 10:2)

    A. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
    B. The perpetual commission (1 Timothy 4:12,16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:3-4; 2:2; Titus 2:1,3-5)

II. Many will reject God

    A. Jesus predicted such (Matthew 7:21-23)
    B. Jesus’ instruction to the seventy (Luke 10:10-11)
    C. We must not waste time (Matthew 7:6), but do not doubt the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16)

III. Rejecting God puts one in an eternally dangerous position

    A. Sodom (Luke 10:12; Genesis 13:13; 18:32)
    B. Tyre and Sidon (Luke 10:13-15; Acts 21:3-4; 27:3)

IV. Rejection is hurtful and disappointing (Luke 10:16)

    A. Our success is measured in faithfulness
    B. Remember what God told Samuel (1 Samuel 8:4-7)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 10/260: Read Luke 10

The young man, well-versed in the Scriptures, summed up the requirements of the Law in two ways: (1) love for God, and (2) love for your neighbor. Not quite satisfied, he asked Jesus one more question: “Who is my neighbor?”

How would you summarize the Lord’s answer to this man? Your neighbor is not just the person who lives next door, or your friend on your street. Your neighbor is not just the fellow who sits in front of you while you worship. Your neighbor is not just the man who looks like you, talks like you, and dresses like you.

Your neighbor is every man. Regardless of your personal relationship. Regardless of how he treats you. What is this parable usually called? “The Good Samaritan.” The Jews viewed Samaritans as dogs, less than people.

Yet, this Samaritan helped a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, who never would have considered helping him if the roles were reversed. Jesus says they were neighbors.

How have you treated your neighbors at school or at work? How have you treated those who have mistreated you? How should you treat them?

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Luke 6:45. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and en evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”


Pray for opportunities to be a good neighbor to someone who has treated you poorly. Pray that the love of Christ might shine through your actions so that He is seen and glorified.