Mary chose the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.—Luke 10:42.
To help determine whether we have a balanced view of secular matters and spiritual responsibilities, it is good to ask ourselves: ‘Do I find my secular work interesting and exciting but view my spiritual activities as ordinary or routine?’ Thinking about and meditating on these matters can help us to determine where our true affection lies. Jesus set the standard in balancing secular interests and spiritual matters. On one occasion, Jesus visited the home of Mary and her sister, Martha. While Martha scurried about preparing a meal, Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to him. When Martha complained that Mary was not helping, Jesus told Martha the words of today’s text. (Luke 10:38-42) Jesus was teaching Martha a valuable lesson. To avoid being distracted by secular matters and to prove our love for Christ, we must continue to choose “the good portion,” to give priority to spiritual things. w17.05 24 ¶9-10
Song 22 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“The Ride of the Four Horsemen”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“Jehovah Loves a Cheerful Giver”: (15 min.) Discussion by an elder. Begin by playing the video Tutorial for Making Donations Electronically. Inform publishers that they can access the donation information by clicking on the Donations button found on jw.org and on JW Library or by typing donate.jw.org into the address bar. Read the letter from the branch expressing appreciation for the donations received during the past service year. Commend the congregation for its generous support.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 92
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 43 and Prayer