02 Dec Mary & Martha, Keep Your Focus!
How often we have heard teaching on these two dear women of God? Jesus loved Martha and Mary. They were both His friends.
Martha became irritated over everyday matters and lost her focus! Mary kept her focus on spiritual matters and received insight and understanding.
Martha walked in the natural and did not discern spiritual matters because her mind was on things of the natural. Mary walked in the Spirit because she had learned to meditated the Word of God day and night (Joshua 1:8) which caused her to live by the principles of her heavenly home bringing success in her earthly house! Martha spoke out and Mary poured out!
We must understand that as a child of God, we walk in the natural and spiritual simultaneously! You can be “busy” in the world with your mind on things of God. We never separated ourselves from the “Spirit of the Living God”. “In Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28). We often get so caught up in what we don’t have in this earth that we forget what we do have in our spiritual home. Faith does not deny the reality of problems in this world – but faith in God knows there is a way of escape!
Faith in God will change the way you see things. Mary and Martha both knew Jesus, but only Mary knew who He was! Mary kept her focus on the Lord. She had not only sat at His feet, but she pondered the Words of the Lord while she was busy with her earthly duties. This made her sensitive to the things of the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit was able to use her. She discerned the time and season of Jesus’ life and anointed Him for burial. (Mark 14:1-9). When she was criticized Jesus not only defended her but also praised her. “She has done what she could.” (Mark 14:8).
Martha was so busy thinking about what she thought was important, that she lost her focus, slammed the cabinet doors so everyone knew that she was upset, and confronted Jesus about “her problem”. She had allowed her ministry gift to be a priority over her relationship with the Lord. It was time to feast on His Word, not from her gift!
As we look at the lives of these two women, who both loved the Lord and desired to serve Him, we can see how easy it is to loose our focus and allow anxiety about today stop us from receiving blessings from the Lord. We can gain insight into Mary and Martha as we read in John 11 where their brother Lazarus was raised from the dead. Jesus had received word that Lazarus had died. After a few days Martha hears that Jesus is coming and she immediately runs out to meet Him saying, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died, but even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”. Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord I believe…” (v.21-27)
Martha then goes to Mary telling her that Jesus is here, and Mary runs to meet the Lord. “…she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died” (32). In response to Mary, Jesus said, “Where have you laid him?” (34). Mary and Martha spoke the exact same words to Jesus! The difference is the heart attitude! Martha charged out and confronted Jesus because she did not know who He was. As Mary approached Jesus, she fell at His feet in worship because she knew who He was, and Jesus responded to Mary. When they go to the grave, Martha’s mouth pipes up again! “Lord, by this time there is a stench…” (v.39). “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” In effect He was asking Martha, are you ever going to “…be still and know that I am God….” (Psalm 46:10). Martha, are you ever going to think on those things that were told you by the Lord? I believe when Lazarus walked out of that grave, Martha had a revelation! In Chapter 12 we see her serving, happy to be using her gift with no complaints!
What makes the difference? Static in Your Attic! Your thoughts can be a treasure from God, or your thoughts can be a thief from the enemy! Mary’s thoughts were treasures from the Lord that caused her to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing! Martha’s thoughts were thieves from the enemy that blinded her from the truth of the gospel. Martha’s thoughts caused her to be at the right place at the right time, but doing and saying the wrong thing! Martha had static in her attic! Her static caused her to lose her focus and murmur and complain. The woman of God, led by the Spirit of God, renews her mind daily, keeping a fresh mental attitude, choosing her thoughts and keeping her focus on her heavenly home as she builds her earthly house!