Beyond the Weekend

July 22 | What is Better?

July 22, 2019


As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  Luke 10:38

Read: Luke 10:38-42

Listen: Luke 10


Throughout Dinners with Jesus, we see Jesus using meals as a sort of mission field. Some of the meals are in homes of the religious elite. One is in the home of a tax collector named Matthew. Another is outside with over five thousand people. This week, Jesus is invited into the home of a woman named Martha. This story looks like it should be a simple one on the surface. Jesus and his disciples are traveling, and in a certain village they’re invited into a woman’s home. But while in this woman’s home, we see two sisters with vastly different priorities.

Jesus is teaching in this home, and people are listening. Among those listening is Mary, Martha’s sister. While Martha is distracted by the dinner preparations, her sister remains with Jesus. Martha frustratingly brings the situation to Jesus and tells him what to do. Sometimes this story is taught as though Mary is right, and Martha is wrong. If we look closely, we see Jesus’ reaction indicates that although serving is good—sitting at his feet is better.

This week, we will look at this interaction between Jesus, Martha and Mary. We’ll consider what it means to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn to prioritize what is better. This story has a lot to teach us this week.


With your hands open and eyes closed, pray to our heavenly Father. Ask him to open your eyes and heart to the story this week. Ask that he would convict you where you need to be convicted, to comfort you where you need comfort, and to help you grow closer to him this week.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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