TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
"Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner." Jn 12:2 TM
After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, we read: "Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner." Martha served, Mary sat listening to what Jesus had to say, and Lazarus talked to the guests. So, there's room at God's table for all kinds of people. Let's take a closer look at: Martha. Marthas are generally in the background with their sleeves rolled up, making sure everybody's fed and watered. They rarely seek the spotlight, and often we don't appreciate them until they're missing. The problem with Marthas is, they're inclined to make the mission more important than the Master. They need to remember that worship is also service. Mary. Marys tend to forget there are bills to be paid and meals to be cooked. Sometimes they act so heavenly minded, they're no earthly use. They need to realize that service is worship too. But we need Marys; they bring passion to our worship, and you can always count on them to intercede with God on behalf of others. Lazarus. "They flocked to see...the man Jesus had raised from the dead...because of him...many...believed in Jesus" (Jn 12:9-11 NLT). Lazarus had a story so amazing that those who heard it became instant converts. He reminds us that we each have a story to share about God's grace and mercy. When was the last time you shared yours?
So, if you're a Martha, God sees your labor of love. If you're a Mary, He delights in your worship. If you're a Lazarus, He promises to honor your testimony. There's a place at the table for all of us!
Published on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 6:13 AM CDT