Most recent Sermons on Sermon Cloud All Time
Sermons about Outline
THE SPIRIT OF MARTHA OR THE SPIRIT OF MARY Pastor/Teacher Charles e. Whisnant Rivers of joy Baptist church- may 10, 2009 Luke 10:38-42 A list of thirty five women in the bible. 1a the conduct of two sisters: Luke 10:38-42 Question: Is there a lot of religious activity in your home, or in church life, but there is no worship. Just motion and not experienced in worship? • Religious activity is not worship. • Service without worship leads to anger and burnout, and outburst. Question: what would you do if Christ dropped by your house for a short visit? • Continue your house cleaning? • Stop and sit down and listen to the words of Jesus? • Get dinner ready? 1b The Story 1c Martha’s Distraction: 1d She was interested in the practical things, and she wanted to have a great dinner for the Lord. She was upset that Mary would not help her, And she made sure the Lord was aware of her feelings. “Lord do you approve of my sister just sitting in here listening to you while I slave in the kitchen making you dinner?” 2c what was Mary doing that Martha did not like? 1d Mary was reflective. She was full of thought. 2d She was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to his words. Note: a balance of meditation and labor, Thought and activity 3c The Lord’s Reaction 1d He was kind to Martha, but said Mary has chosen the good part. Jesus was not saying Martha should not fix a meal. HE wanted her to know her service in fixing the meal was good, but she overreacted to Mary’s behavior. 4c why was Mary’s action in fellowship better than food? 1d love at leisure: 1e Leisure of love is not laziness—but to learn, to commune, to copy, to pray 2e Some people can’t sit long enough to listen to a thought. 2d love in lowliness 1e One who listens is one who is a receiver, one who has an acknowledgement of needing to learn. 3d love listening 1e One who sits at the feet of Jesus to study him, read his very heart, and desires to know him 2e Listening and not being disturbed about listening. 4d love is possession 1e In full enjoyment, in perfect satisfaction, in full assurance. 5c The Spirit of Martha and the Spirit of Mary 1d Martha’s spirit: is to serve the Lord in the flesh, and not spending time just listening to His words. Gets tied up with the work, not the spirit of the work. Fruits will ripen very quickly. Was right in her principles, but failed in carrying it out. 2d Mary’s spirit was to treasure every word of Jesus, and contemplate, worship, and grow in grace. Sees the work only as a means, it’s not work that brings joy, but the filling of her soul.
I. HONOR IS BETTER THAN LUXURY (7:1a) A. "A GOOD NAME IS BETTER THAN PRECIOUS OINTMENT" 1. Here the Preacher is extolling the value of a good reputation - cf. Pr 22:1 2. The precious ointment is representative of luxury B. WHY THIS IS SO... 1. We have already seen the vanity of wealth