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The Chores Can Wait

Text (Luke 10:40-41) But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. "Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand" The Master said, "Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it¾it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her. (The Message-Eugene H. Peterson)

Thought starters
Good Morning! Did you have any problems this morning? Did you have any chores to do before church today? Make your bed? Is it possible that a chore or two didn’t get done?

There is a story about Jesus in the Bible and it involved someone not doing his or her chores. Do you want to hear it? (Read or tell the story of Mary and Martha, Luke 10:38-42)

Did Jesus say to Martha that it was ok if Mary didn’t do her chores? No he didn’t say it was ok. He said that she chose to listen to him and he didn’t want her to miss the opportunity. Do you think Mary might have helped when Jesus was done talking? Probably.

Does this means if your mom or dad wants you to help in the kitchen that it’s ok if you don’t? No but I think if you were to say let’s read a Bible story first around the table it’s possible that the chores can wait.

What Jesus is teaching us is that learning about him and reading the Bible are the most important things. He is also letting us know it’s ok to delay doing the dishes to hear stories about him.

Hymn-"O Master, let me walk with Thee" – H. Percy Smith

Prayer-Dear Lord, Help us to make time at home to learn about you. Make learning about you our number one need. Give us the strength to do our chores too. Amen

by William Bode

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