Distracted Driving on the Straight and Narrow
from a tract by Allen Webster
Distracted driving problem today
Broader application we can be distracted from our purpose
Example of Mary and Martha
Sisters and Lazarus, their brother
Close friends went there several times
Martha was distracted by responsibility
Put yourself in Bethany
As older sister Martha was the hostess
What did she do wrong?
Not out on the town, wine, men and worldly things
Busy doing good things missed out on the best things
She was busy preparing a meal a good thing
Jesus was not there for the food but for the fellowship
NOTE to our monthly fellowship keep the fellowship important
Many today are like her.
Can see good and bad, right and wrong, black and white
They can also see the grays.
The most difficult is the shades of white
Mark 4:19 cares of the world choke out the Word
Martha was distracted by resentment
Jesus arrived much activity not just Jesus (He brought 12 apostles along)
Bread to bake, meat to cook, drinks to pour, table to set
Everything from scratch, no microwave, no food in the freezer
The more she works the more agitated she becomes
I can't believe Mary is not helping me.
Dinner would be done sooner if she would help.
She did not even offer to set the table
Finally she stomps into the living room
Does not address Mary but Jesus
She sees Jesus as the distraction
Martha could have commanded (ordered) Mary to help
Each of us has different personalities, abilities, skills, interests.
Why didn't Martha sit at Jesus feet and listen?
Later John 12:1-2 She fed the same group no problems
Martha was distracted by short-sightedness
Martha looking back on that day What did she learn?
Now Jesus has returned to heaven. Would she like to talk to Him again?
Would she like to ask some questions and hear His answers?
It was a rare treat Jesus 10 feet away, other side of the wall not with Him
Mary was present at His feet listening, paying attention,
Mary chose fellowship, family, and spiritual over the kitchen
Today we have our To-Do lists digital reminders
Many fail to realize what they are missing
Are we too busy working for Jesus that we forget to spend time with Him?
We can be in the house (a worship) but not hearing Jesus
Honor with lips, heart is far away Matthew 15:8-9
We need Martha's hands and Mary's heart.
What is the one thing needful that Jesus mentioned?
Have you chosen the good part.
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