Barefoot On The ROCK, Bible Cartoons by Rob ART Morgan
Series 1 Bible Cartoon: Get Some Real Work Done, Luke 10: 38-42
READ: Luke 10:38-42 and John 6:26-29
MARTHA & “Real Work”

We used to joke in college that if we couldn’t get a real job, we could always become preachers. Although it brought a smile and chuckle to most, it did so because society views worship and Bible study as optional, recreational activities. And anyone who leads such activities is not viewed as “working.”

From this Bible account, you can see that this perception is nothing new. Martha was trying very hard to prepare and serve food, drink, and other things for her Guest. Every time Martha came over to check up on the Master, there sat her sister, Mary, just… sitting. “Why isn’t she running around like a chicken with her head cut off… like me? I know she wants to hear what He’s saying but it’s not fair that I work this hard and she sits there doing nothing.”

There seems to be two kinds of people in the world: Those who are task oriented and those who are relationship oriented. Martha was the former and Mary was the latter. Martha was working through her “to do” list. Mary was working through her “to know” list.

Maybe Martha figured that if Mary was hanging on Jesus’ every word, she could get HIM to “straighten Mary out.” Maybe she was peeved at Jesus for not taking the initiative to scold Mary for laziness. So she interrupted, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me.”

Martha wasn’t doing anything bad. Serving is good. She was very conscientious… or obsessive. She was “worried… about many things.” Jesus saw things differently. “…one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that.” It’s a matter of priorities. It’s also a matter of Heaven’s view of the “real work.”

Many people today are like Martha. They are trying to impress God with their good works. They mistakenly think they are earning their way to Heaven. It can’t be done. And it’s not what God wants from us.

The only work that truly pleases God is the work of believing. Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (John 6:29) The word “believe” in original Greek meant “trust in, rely on, cling to, glued to.” Martha had not yet discovered the ultimate way to please her Guest. Mary, however, had found the secret. She had discovered the one thing needful. She was being a truly good host and her Guest was pleased, verily, verily.

1. Are you task oriented or relationship oriented? What makes you think so?

2. Why do you think that Martha complained to Jesus instead of to Mary?

3. What’s your excuse when you skip your ‘quiet time’ with the Lord? Too early? Too busy? Waste of time? Boring? Name three things you could do this week to develop more intimacy with the Lord.

4. Have you ever been guilty of engaging in an act of service because you thought it would impress God? Do you think it impressed Him? Was it a joy or a drag?

"Lord, I am worried and troubled about many things. I know only one thing is needed. Help me to choose that thing over all others. Teach me to sit at your feet and take in your words and drink in your Spirit. Help me to see that real work is believing in You, not busyness. And when I help others, may it be motivated by gratitude and compassion instead of a desire to impress You.”
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