Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016
Becoming An Extraordinary Christian Woman
We are told in our Scripture passage that Martha received Jesus into her house. Jesus was a rabbi, who was gathering a following. No doubt, Martha wanted everything to be just right, after all, some were even saying that this was the “Messiah”. She was busy, working, while Mary, her sister, was listening to the words that Jesus taught. Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the good part.
Our passage in Luke’s Gospel shows three differences between Martha and Mary. I want to show them to you this morning, all the while remembering that Mary had chosen the good part. In our text, Mary demonstrates three characteristics of an extraordinary Christian woman.
I. An Extraordinary Christian Woman Stays Focused on Christ: Luke 10:39-40
A. Losing focus creates false accusations (v.40, “Lord, do you not care . . .?”).
B. Losing focus results in self-pity (v.40, “my sister has left me to serve alone”).
C. Losing focus distorts reality (v.40, “Therefore tell her to help me”).
II. An Extraordinary Christian Woman Desires Fellowship with Christ: Luke 10:41
Our serving can become an (the) issue (v.40, “But Martha was distracted with much serving”).
III. An Extraordinary Christian Woman Seeks the Good Part from Christ: Luke 10:42
The “Good Part” = A Life of Fellowship with Christ:
- First, it is a life that is very conscious of indwelling sin and is willing to confess and repent of it (1 John 1:8-10).
- Second, it is a life lived in submission to Christ’s commands (1 John 2:3, 5; John 14:15).
- Third, it is a life lived in sacrificial love for others (1 John 2:10).
- Fourth, it is a life that loves and longs for Christ (1 John 2:15-17; 3:2-3).
- Fifth, it is a life that perseveres in faith (1 John 2:19).
- Sixth, it is a life that remains in the truth, in sound doctrine (1 John 4:6)