When Martha Workers Gain Mary Hearts
For the past four years, I’ve been slowly winding my way through the gospel of John. Occasionally, I go back to a particular story and think about it.
It’s the story of Lazarus’ being brought back from the dead. Jesus waits a few days before he makes His way to Bethany, where Lazarus and his family lived. Lazarus’ family happened to be Mary and Martha. And I think this story is the moment of change in Martha’s life.
Let’s change our location for a minute. Let’s head over to the gospel of Luke. You might remember that in Luke 10, Jesus goes to the home of Mary and Martha. Martha is busy making sure everything is ready and prepared for the meal. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Martha is put out a bit with Mary because she won’t help. Jesus takes Martha to task for her poor attitude.
Now, let’s go back over to John. Check out John 12. A dinner is being held at the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Most people focus on the fact Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with perfume. I think this was a pure moment of worship. Mary may have one of the best understandings of who Jesus is at this point.
What I have often missed, though, was what Martha was doing.
Martha was serving. She was doing much of what she was doing in Luke 10. However, there was a difference.
Martha was serving. No fussing. No fretting. Just serving.
Her heart had changed. She had witnessed the miracle of her brother being resurrected. She had seen the power of Jesus in an incredibly personal way.
Her Martha heart had changed to a Mary heart.
Her serving to satisfy herself had changed to serving for her Lord.
A working Martha had gained a Mary heart.
That makes all the difference in the world.
Do you have a Mary heart?