2020 - The Good Portion
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 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.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Community Group Questions
- So, do you think of yourself as more of a Mary or a Martha? Do you wish you were more of the other?
- What is one thing in your life, you wish you could focus more of your time and energy doing?
- What is one major distraction for you, something that you find yourself doing when you should be focused on more important things?
- When Jesus tells Martha, she is anxious and troubled about many things, what do you think was causing her trouble and anxiety? Do you have anything like this in your own life?
- When was the last time you cried out to God, “Do you not care?”
- Mark Forster said, “We tend to think unsuccessful people are unsuccessful because they sit around doing nothing. But it’s often for quite the opposite reason: they take on far too much—all sorts of wonderful projects at the same time—and never bring any of them to fruition.” What do you think about this quote? Do you find it true for yourself?
- What would you say is the antidote to distraction?
- Missionary and martyr Jim Elliot once wrote in his journal, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” What a quote! What would that look like in your life?
- Read Ephesians 5:15-17. How can we know what the “best use of the time” is?
- Someone once told me, “You have to figure out who you are willing to disappoint.” This is such a clarifying statement. Whose approval am I seeking? How would your life look different if you truly cared most about what God thinks of you?
- What are some areas in our lives we can apply this, this week?