Martha-Made Service


I love love love this Bible teaching about Martha *the former complainer to Jesus about her sister Mary*…

I love the mention that Martha is serving again but NOT complaining (fast forward to the 27 minute mark of the link) – Pastor Joe mentions that if your brother was raised from the dead and was now sitting at the table, you would serve the group (including your brother) quite differently!!! If you think about your gratitude, you would live and work in a whole new attitude! AND Pastor Joe reminds us that we ALL have a brother who is raised from the dead, Jesus, and shouldn’t we be charged and serve in a new attitude?!

I love it when I learn a new angle of Martha, when she teaches us about us… and I appreciate the teaching about the color and smell of the oil that Mary pours on Jesus (red) must have stained and permeated his scent for days, likely even carrying with Him through that week… to the garden… to the cross… Mary knew and paid attention and understood unlike most others that Jesus WAS headed to death. That’s why she anointed Him “until His burial “…

It’s ok to be Mary and ok to be Martha, BOTH were LOVED by Jesus and were also His friends… Jesus was blessed by them too because they were really real with Him. Let’s also be real too. 


Here is the link: whole devotion is great, and starting at 27 minute mark starts discussion about Martha..

Cost of Devotion

John 12:1-11

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

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