In this final activity, you will read the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42. You can read it below or download/print the pdf activity.
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
1) Martha was “distracted with much serving.” Serving others is not normally wrong, but how did Martha make it an idol?
2) What were the benefits of sitting at “the Lord’s feet” for Mary? Why is this the “one thing” that is necessary?
3) In the previous topic, we outlined 10 different means for connecting with Christ. Which come most naturally to you? Which are the hardest?
4) How can you prevent those means of grace (or spiritual disciplines) from becoming an idol? How can you maintain focus on the one thing?