Use this Mary and Martha Sunday School lesson to teach students about the importance of spending time with God.
Intro Game: Mary and Martha Marathon – Have students line up in a row on one side of the room row, facing you. When you yell “Martha!” students should run as fast as they can to the other side of the room and then back to their original side and then back to the other side of the room until you yell “Mary!” When you yell “Mary!” everyone must immediately stop. When you call “Martha!” again, they continue running. Have them start and stop a couple of times. Yell “Martha!” a couple of times in a row to see if you can trick the students. Do the same with “Mary!” Once all the students are tired of running, have them sit down for the lesson.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
(Have students take turns reading Luke 10:38-39, or read it yourself.)
What was Mary doing? (Sitting and listening to Jesus.)
(Have another student read Luke 10:40, or read it yourself.)
Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus, but Martha was being busy. She was cleaning and cooking food and she didn’t have time to listen Jesus. And what did Martha want Mary to do? (She wanted Mary to help her do the chores.)
Do you think Mary should help Martha do the chores?
(Have students take turns reading Luke 10:41-42, or read it yourself.)
Did Jesus make Mary help Martha with the chores? (No.)
It’s nice to help people, but Jesus knew it was more important for Mary to learn from Jesus.
We all get busy sometimes, just like Martha was busy, but it’s important for us to be quiet and learn from Jesus sometimes too, just like Mary was doing. What can we do to be quiet and learn from Jesus? (Pray, read our Bibles, go to church, etc.)
So remember, even when you’re busy, it’s good to stop and take time to learn from Jesus once in a while.