Trade What’s Important for What’s Better

Series: At the Movies | Week 3: Be Present

Read Luke 10:38-42 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


  1. What did each sister do?
  2. What was Martha’s concern?
  3. How did Jesus respond?


When Mary and Martha welcomed Jesus into their home, each had a different approach to showing their love for Him. Martha focused on preparing a meal for Him while Mary sat at His feet. Jesus commends Mary for her choice, but He doesn’t tell Martha that her preparations were bad. Instead, by doing something good, Martha had neglected something better.

Being present with people means putting aside what’s important for what’s better. Many things are important in our lives, from work tasks to household responsibilities to extracurricular activities, but we might miss being present with our loved ones if we only choose these things. Often what’s better is setting aside good things, even things we can do for others, in order to be with them.

Do you find yourself more often acting like Martha or like Mary, and why? How easy or difficult is it to set aside important things for better things? What part of today’s Scripture can you carry with you as an encouragement? Who in your life needs your presence in this season, and what step can you take to be with them?


Pray through these questions, and write down what God is prompting you to do next. Share with a friend, and take a step to apply it.


During At the Movies, each week we’ll focus on remembering what we read. If you’re new to memorizing Scripture, start by looking at one section of one verse to remember this week.

Read Isaiah 7:14 again to remember. If you want to begin by memorizing just part of it, start with this phrase:

“She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”

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