At the beginning of this passage, Jesus is traveling from one town to another when he enters the village of Mary and Martha. We learn that Martha welcomed him into her home and has been busy preparing a meal for him. Mary is sitting at his feet listening to what he has to say. Jesus then tells Martha she should not be so worried about all the preparations and instead focus on being with him as Mary has chosen to do.
The first thing that stands out in this passage is how differently each woman approaches Jesus’s visit. While both women are eager to welcome Him into their home, they respond in different ways – Martha busying herself with preparing a meal while Mary chooses to sit at His feet and listen intently. It seems clear from this passage that Jesus prefers Mary’s response as He commends her for choosing “the better part” whereas He does not commend Martha for her actions (at least not explicitly). From this we can infer that it was more important for Him that these two women give Him undivided attention rather than worrying over things like preparing meals or other tasks around the house during His visit.
Discuss the skills of Observation, Interpretation, Correlation, and Application in Luke 10:38-42 that you have become familiar with through your reading in Everyday Bible Study.
This story in Luke 10:38-42 can be seen as an example of how Christians should prioritize their relationship with Jesus above all else – even if it means foregoing certain obligations or duties they may have taken on themselves, just as Mary chose ‘the better part’ by focusing on Christ instead of helping Martha make preparations for His visit. This idea is connected throughout scripture; In Matthew 6:33-34, we read “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you…Take therefore no thought for the morrow.” Likewise, in Colossians 3:23-24 we find “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ”. Both verses speak directly about prioritizing our service towards God over everything else – just like Mary did when she chose ‘the better part’ instead of assisting her sister with household chores during Jesus’ visit
It is clear from this story in Luke 10:38-42 that our priority should always remain focused upon serving God before anything else – even if it means foregoing certain obligations or duties we may take upon ourselves just like Mary did when she chose ‘the better part’. This principle applies today too – whether its prioritizng our time spent studying scripture over completing some mundane task around house or setting aside extra money to go towards missionary work instead spending money frivolously on frivolous items – our top priority should always be seeking after and serving God faithfully no matter what gets placed upon us here on earth!