The story of Mary of Bethany is a lesson in complete surrender and selfless devotion to Christ. Jesus said of Mary, “She did what she could!” Mary did what she did because she had a perception of Christ that even the apostles at this point lacked. She knew that He was worthy of extravagant love. She gained this knowledge of Christ by sitting at His feet. When Jesus is your treasure, you will spend your life in selfless devotion to Him.
Scripture reference: John 12:1-11; Matthew 26:6-13
The story of Mary and Martha has much to teach us. How like Martha most of us are. We work hard to serve the Lord, and what we do for the Lord is absolutely necessary, but wouldn’t it make our service for Him easier and more fruitful if we put first things first? If we aren’t careful, busyness will crowd out that essential time we need with the Lord. Even good things, like serving the Lord, can wrongly crowd out the necessary thing.
Scripture reference: Luke 10:38-42
God is totally other, totally out of our league — the infinite, transcendent Creator — and yet He came courting us in the person of Jesus Christ, knocking at our door, wooing and calling us. He took the initiative and entered into a covenant relationship, betrothed us to Himself, paying the ultimate dowry (His sacrificial death). What is our response? Too often such love is met with indifference and distraction. Matthew 22:34-40 is the appropriate response, calling us back to God as first love, inviting us into a renewed relationship, a fresh encounter with Him!
Scripture reference: Matthew 22:34-40
1 Peter 1:6-9