38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.[a] Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
-Luke 10: 38-42
Everything about our culture encourages us to side with Martha. We are told that if we work hard we will succeed. We are told everyone should do their fair share. We are told that if you don’t have something it is because you didn’t work for it. Yet God’s favor cannot be earned by our work. Grace is given and calls us to rest at the feet of the Lord. Our lives should balance both activity and contemplation in their turn. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect in your devotion time.
Texts to read:
Questions to ponder:
- Describe a struggle you encountered that you could not work yourself through.
- How do you spend time resting with God?
- What happens to your soul if you do not rest?
Do and share:
- Set aside a whole 24 hours for rest this week. Document how keeping a Sabbath changes your week.
- Find a video of your favorite praise music and share in our Facebook group or on Twitter (@dpumc).