MARY, MARTHA AND JESUS – OUR HEARTS ARE CHANGED BY EMBRACE, NOT BY SERVICE
Let’s go to Mary. We realize that Mary and Martha are important in the story of Jesus because Mary decided that instead of serving Jesus all the time like Martha did that she was going to sit at His feet. Martha got upset with Mary’s choice, and tried to get Jesus to tell Mary to knock it off. But Jesus response was in effect,“No, this is what’s necessary, and I’m not going to take this opportunity away from her.”
How was sitting at Jesus’ feet necessary, and what happened to Mary in that experience that would make her take her endowment for marriage, something that could take care of her financially for life if she did not get married, what we today call our retirement investment nest egg, and lavish it in a few seconds of time on the Son of God’s feet?
This is an issue of how we see God, and how we walk with Him. Judas served Jesus just like all the other eleven main disciples. Judas did everything that we all long to do in an outward expression of walking with God. Judas moved in power, had authority, saw the nation start to change as a result of Jesus’ ministry. He had the privilege to experience all this.
Then he was actually given the honor of being one of the first twelve apostles. If Judas would have stayed true, he would have been in eternity as one of the apostles that will been judging the tribes of Israel. He was given an incredibly high position and precious opportunity.
How can someone be given this kind of thing, have Jesus standing there all the time, reveal to him the real issues of their heart, and not get it? Well, this is a very critical question, isn’t it? If we don’t resolve this issue of letting God’s embrace touch us, we’re going to spend an awful lot of time trying to serve God, and yet our heart is not going to be changed merely by serving God.
Too many regularly-attending people in the church can be in this category. Truth is, it’s entirely possible to be lost in church by retaining this same attitude.