Martha gets a bad rap.
We often hear about how Martha was busy and distracted in Luke 11, while her sister, Mary, chose what was better and sat at Jesus’ feet and listened.
But, do you know which of the two sisters was the first one to greet Jesus after her brother, Lazarus, died?
Martha, but “Mary stayed at home.” (John 11:20)
That’s the part about Martha that often gets left out: Martha listened to Jesus and changed.
Jesus cares deeply about us changing and turning our hearts to him.
Martha wasn’t distracted this time. She went out to meet Jesus right away.
What we see in this story is a beautiful testimony of change.
Martha didn’t worry about preparing her home for Jesus like last time, but went out to meet him.
Martha was given another chance and chose what was better: Jesus.
And I think that was pretty honoring to the Lord.
Friends, that’s the gospel.
Through his death and resurrection.
We are given new life and new hope, when we turn to him.
In our mess-ups, our mistakes, our less than, Jesus meets us there.
He lets us know where we can have real life, and then wants us to choose that. To choose Him.
Martha might have chosen jealousy and bitterness at first, but later she chose what was better.
When we seek the Lord, he transforms our hearts and also gives us a chance to choose what’s better.
We will fall short time and time again since we’re human, but Jesus longs for us to choose the better way: Him.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live.” Jesus (John 11:25)–_________________________________
Thankful that His grace and mercies are new every morning. ❤️
During WWII, people all over the world prayed for peace at the same time every day. It is called The Silent Minute.
At 3pm each day, my friends and I are praying for our country and the world, and we’d love for you to join us! I set a daily reminder for 3pm to remind my kids and I to pray for 3 things:
1. Healing, peace, & reconciliation for our country and world,
2. Wisdom for leaders, and
3. For people to turn to Jesus.
I hope you’ll join us! There is power in praying together. ❤️
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16