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January 27, 2013

Jesus Calling

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John 11:28. And when she had said this, Martha went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 

Lazarus, Martha and Mary’s brother, had become critically ill.  The sisters sent word to Jesus to come quickly.   Lazarus died and was buried.  Four days later Jesus arrives.  Martha is at the gravesite with the mourners but Mary remains in their house grieving alone.  Jesus calls for Mary. Jesus is calling for each one of us to come.  We, like Mary, may think our pleas to God aren’t being heard or answered but God promised He would never leave us alone.  God knows when, where and what we need.  It is not for us to sit in self-pity wishing things were different.  Jesus is calling us to a faith of action.  Take time to read all of John 11.  Our question is will we trust God?    

March 5, 2012

Mary and Martha

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:33 am
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Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Much has been said about the “Mary/Martha personalities. Most of us (men and women both) have a mixture of the two personalities. There are times are consumed with the material problems and presumed responsibilities of the day. There are days we end with wondering if it was “much ado about nothing.” Hopefully there are days when we desire to draw apart from the material world and spend time with our God. Jesus wasn’t telling Martha she should never be about her chores. He was telling her there were times that chores should be put on the back burner and time should be taken to feed our spirits. Mary chose to delay chores and listen to Jesus. How many times do we delay our business to take quiet time with our Lord? John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist denomination, was a good example. On days he was scheduled to be the busiest he got up extra early to have more time with God. He knew to be well balanced he must balance his time spent serving with time spent communing with God. Let us develop the habit of always allotting quality time with God each and every day. That’s more than reading devotion and/or a couple verses of scripture. That’s to include time to listen to what God is putting in our hearts each and every day. Our question is do we take time to listen as Mary did?

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