Let’s pick back up right where we left off with our teaching from the book of John. As a refresher, in the previous lessons, we learned two main points: waiting on God’s timing and following His lead.
Today, please join me in reading John 11:17-37 as we learn to follow Martha’s example.
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
There is so much to learn from these twenty verses. However, for time sake, I want you to glance back up and notice what verse 20 tells us about Martha. She heard that Jesus was coming and went out to meet him. Mary, on the other hand, stayed at home. If you know Martha at all, you know that with her nature she would have been the one at home, cleaning, cooking and working like a busy little worker bee. But she had heard and learned from Jesus, so she held to what was most important, Him. She stopped what she was doing and went out to meet Jesus. (I do have to stop and thank my sweet friend, Charlotte for pointing the above truths out to me. Charlotte made a great point, Martha would have normally been at home, staying busy. Praise Jesus that in this teaching from John, Martha ran to her Savior. In the past she was too busy, but at this time, realized that she needed to be at the feet of Jesus. The Lord is so amazing and wonderful at giving us all second chances).
What are you doing with your time? Where are your treasures? Matthew 6:19-21(NIV):“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I challenge you today to focus on that which is important. Jesus, your spouse, the kids, a family member in need, a friend that needs a hug……. and the list goes on and on. Don’t worry so much about having your house spotless every day, cooking a gourmet dinner every night, serving more than you have time for, being most popular etc. There is so much to learn by basking at the feet of Jesus. You reveal that which is most important by revealing where you spend most of your time.
You get the drift. What is important? We all have very important jobs and things to tend to that must be done. I am not saying the above mentioned are not important, what I am saying is are those things your focus? I want you to get up and be Martha! Go quickly. Meet Jesus. Don’t just wait for him at home like Martha would have done in the past. I guarantee you He has something very important to tell you if you will meet Him. He has an amazing way for you to spend your time. Put your treasures in that which is important. Now get up… and go! Jesus is waiting!