Thursday 25th August 2016 - Daily Reading:
Luke 10:38-42 and John 11:1-44 - Mary and Martha

In several of the gospels we see the sisters Mary and Martha in different situations.

At one point as we can read in Luke 10:38-42 that Jesus and his disciples go to their house. Martha is fussing trying to get things prepared and sorted out, while Mary chooses to just sit at Jesus' feet and listen to him. In a bid to get her sister in trouble, as women were supposed to do the housework and preparations and definitely not sit at a teachers feet, Martha goes and asks Jesus to correct her. Many times we can do similar things. We can be busy fussing about the day to day things in life and forget to sit and be still before Jesus.

However it is not just sitting and listening we learn from Mary and Martha. It is also trust and faith. In John 11 we read about Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus' death. It begins with reminding us that Mary had anointed Jesus' feet with ointment and then wiped it with her hair. Mary was a woman who loved Jesus, treasured him, and was devoted to him. Yet as we read on it is Mary whose faith needs more of a boost when she yet again falls at his feet, this time saying: 'If you had been here my brother would not have died'.

Martha in John 11 is the one who shows greater faith. She too says: ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’

So here we see two sisters, that sum up so many people in the church; those that are practical and those that are visionaries. They teach us to not allow the fusses of day to day things to overshadow our time with Jesus. Also to be devoted and in awe of the loving, awesome God we have. Then finally, when we are going through trials and cannot understand why God is doing things the way he is, nor doing the things we feel he should; we need to trust and believe in Him.

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