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Mary and Martha- Discovering Purpose and Values



What does living out our purpose and design look like? Living out your purpose and design isn’t always big and flashy. Most of us dream about being the hero in a grand story. We don’t want to be the lowly supporting actor who only shows up during 5 minutes in one episode and is immediately killed off. Most of us don’t get rich and convert thousands by living out our purpose and design. We tend to base our value on our perception of the bigger picture. The things is, we don’t get to see the whole picture. We see a tiny piece of a much larger story that is being told by God. We usually don’t see the threads that weave in and out of our story or the impact we have on the people in our areas of influence. We are blinded by our need to be more than we are and miss what we are and what we do offer.


Let’s look at the story of Martha and Mary. Jesus tired from his travels and accompanied by a large group of followers enters the small town of Bethany and is welcomed into the home of a woman named Martha.

Luke 10: 39 “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.”


When Martha opened her home to Jesus it wasn’t just Jesus she welcomed in. She welcomed all the people with him! Can you imagine? I can get overwhelmed having friends come over for dinner and here Martha was inviting at least 20-30 people into her home to feed and care for. Martha acted with an amazing amount of generosity. Nothing earth shattering compared to the larger picture but definitely impactful in the lives of those she welcomed in with open arms. The story continues.


Luke 10: 40-42 “She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—