*WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What is something you would like to do more, but never seem to have the time to do?
Let’s look at a story where people are investing their time in different ways and see what Jesus says about it.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THIS?
1. What things do you observe about Martha from this passage?
2. How is Mary using her time differently?
3. What specifically does Martha want and how does Jesus respond to her?
4. Does the way Jesus responded seem surprising to you? Why or why not?
HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR LIVES?
5. Do you identify more with Martha (worried about many things) or Mary (able to rest and in a place to hear from Jesus) or neither or both? Why?
6. What are ways you spend your time wisely? What are some ways you spend your time foolishly? Are there any things you know are important that are currently getting pushed out by other things?
7. How do you personally decide what things should be priorities in your life? How does spending time with God in his word and prayer help you shape your priorities?
8. Think about your typical day:
Make a list of the activities you do in a normal day. (examples might be sleep, school, personal hygiene, eating, doing homework, watching TV/movies, social media, spending time with God, sports or clubs, jobs etc.)
The circle below represents a typical student’s 24 hour day. It has places for sleep, school, etc. Draw your own circle and write in the activities that fill your normal day. Be sure to include the items you brainstormed on your list. Let’s find out where you spend your time!
9. There is never enough time to do everything we want to do. We have to choose what things are most important to us and make time for them. What are some things that are important to you that you never seem to have enough time for?
*10. As you look at your circle, do you feel like the most important things are getting the time they need? How do you think God would want you to change your schedule to make room for those important things?
*11. Where in your schedule do you have time to spend time with Jesus and learn from him? If you don’t have it, where do you think God wants you to put it?
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