“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “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.” (Luke 10:38-42)
Between work and worship, Mary chose what was better and so should we
Mary is clearly a worshipper and chooses to spend time with Him in the right moment rather than do work for Him in the passage. Jesus acknowledges that this is the better choice. We can learn form Mary that when we choose to slow down from our busy lives and spend time with Him, that time is never wasted!
While work is important, it is equally important to make time with our Lord and His Words a priority in our daily lives.
Mary, was CLOSE to Jesus, and it showed.
Mary stick close to Jesus from His teachings to relationship.
When her brother Lazarus died, she did not shy away from expressing her deep grief in His Presence.
Such actions can only be determined as those from someone who is in a intimate relationship with someone.
Mary was sensitive to the leading of the Spirit because she was close to Jesus
“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” (John 12:1-8)
Mary is also credited in the scripture as the one who anointed Jesus feet with perfume and tears and wiped them with her hair. Some say that it was only Mary who was sensitive to the impending death of the Savior and bold enough to acknowledge what was about to happen with her act of faith.
While others criticized her actions as wasteful, Jesus defended and commended her for her sensitivity to the situation.
Mary is an example of intimate relationship with the Savior. May we follow suit and prioritize our time with Jesus so that we will be sensitive to His Leading in our lives and for His service.
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