The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
THE MAIN POINT
At our core we are Human-Beings, not Human-Doings. When we prioritize ‘doing’ things for God over ‘being’ in His presence, we eventually burn out. The root of emotional and spiritual health can be found in what we prioritize.
Mary & Martha represent two approaches to the Christian Life.
Martha is actively serving Jesus, but she is also missing Jesus. She is caught up in the “doing” of life. Her life is pressured and filled with distractions. Her duties have become disconnected from her love of Jesus. Martha’s problems, however, go beyond her busyness, and she gets frustrated with her sister apparently “not doing anything important.”
Mary, however, has realized what is important, priority number one; being in Jesus’s presence. Mary is sitting at his feet, enjoying intimacy, and delighting in his presence. Her life gravitates around one key thing, Jesus.
I suspect if Martha sat at Jesus’ feet she would have still been distracted, irritable and anxious as she was so focused on doing.
I suspect if Mary were to help with the household tasks she would not have been worried or upset as her focus was being. She slowed down enough to focus on Jesus and to center her life on him.
As you prepare the core of the message using personal stories and questions, keep in mind these points:
- How do you establish priorities?
- What does being > doing practically look like?
- Why does being in Jesus’ presence bring emotional and spiritual maturity?
As you prepare the application, challenge and/or encouragement, keep in mind these points:
- How can the listener practice “being” with Jesus this week?
- What rhythms may be helpful for your listener to prioritize being, over doing?
- Doing things for Jesus is not wrong, it’s part of the Christian life. Therefore what things can your listener “do” that would be good?