Welcome back to our third week of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. Many of you are commenting how this book is speaking into your heart. I’ve enjoyed reading the answers to the discussion questions and watching you interact with each other. This week we read chapters five and six and they were so good, I think I’ve marked every single page with comments and quotes! The remainder of our study will focus on Living Room Intimacy and Kitchen Service, so make sure you understand these chapters well. If you didn’t connect, try reading them once again. It’s the third time I’ve read this book and each time something new touches my heart.
Joanna writes “When we couldn’t reach up to heaven, heaven came down to us and welcomed us into the Living Room through the door way of Jesus Christ.” This is Living Room intimacy, having the heart of Christ available and accessible to us. A great visual is to imagine the fancy room in your house, the one you always save for guests. Imagine that you’ve prepared this room for Jesus and the time has come for you to pour coffee or tea and sit together in fellowship. We often find many excuses not to sit at the feet of Jesus. Satan burdens our hearts with busyness and guilt, and we feel unworthy of His attention. There is no greater delight than sitting with Him in the Living Room. It’s a comfortable place where we’re transparent and loved. It’s a safe place where our hearts are free to speak and He is willing to listen. It is home.
“Kitchen Service,” writes Joanna, “is not optional for Christians. We’re supposed to spend a good part of our time following the Lord’s example. We’re supposed to serve others and show love to them- and in the process, to represent Jesus to the world around us.” Serving like Jesus is much different than serving from obligation, guilt or pressure to perform. When our hearts are filled with Him, spontaneous serving is a natural outflow. If your heart is not in it, do not serve. Pray for direction and for God’s will and let Him lead. Look for divine appointments when you least expect them- such as the homeless woman on a street corner, a single mom crushed by her burdens, or an elderly lady who needs to be to told she looks beautiful today. God places opportunities before us so the light of His Son can shine through us. Open your eyes to the opportunities to serve in Jesus name, not in yours.
He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30 NIV
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Joanna Weaver Quotes
- Christ wants to spend quality time with me.
- The place Mary found at Jesus’ feet is the same place available to you and me.
- Jesus came to show us the way to the Father’s house.
- If I don’t take time to read God’s Word, I won’t hear His loving call.
- We’ve been filled with a great treasure for one purpose: to be spilled.
- Whether we like it or not, we’re the only Jesus some will ever see.
- It isn’t enough to call ourselves Christians. We must live like Christians.
- If we call ourselves Christians, then our lives should be unmistakably and obviously Christlike.
- A need is not necessarily a call.
- A true passion for God will naturally result in a compassion for people.
For Next Week
- Read Chapters Seven and Eight in the workbook
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- In chapter 5, Joanna described a “God shaped hole” which can only be satisfied in Him. What do you turn to instead of God, when you’re feeling empty?
- Joanna says intimacy with God comes through prayer, the Word and time. Which of these three disciplines is most difficult for you? Which comes easiest?
- DL Moody says “Of 100 men, one will read the bible and 99 will read the Christian.” Who was the first Christian in your life to live such a way that you could clearly see Christ?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.