Daughters of Grace Series: Mary + Martha
Last week we continued a study from the Daily Grace Co. called Daughters of Grace. We talked about The Sinful Woman and the Woman with the Issue of Blood, their stories, characteristics, and what we can learn from their lives. This week we are talking about Mary and Martha. Their stories can be found in Luke 10:38-42 and John 11:1-12:3. You can also read a bit more about Mary in Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9.
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What do we learn about God and His character in the lives of both Mary and Martha?
Mary and Martha led lives closely to Jesus during His time on the Earth, and we see several stories about their lives and how God's faithfulness played a part in their lives. The biggest miracle and act of faithfulness seen in this story is when Jesus raises Lazarus (their brother) from the dead. He loved the sisters so much that He brought their loved one back to life. Mary and Martha's story also shows us God's heart for Him wanting us to know Him. Not only is He faithful, but He is loving and a gentle teacher for us, even when we are not focused on the right things.
What character qualities, positive or negative, do we see demonstrated in each of these women's lives?
-Eager to learn
What can I learn from each of these stories that I can apply to my own life?
- We have to actively make the choice to choose Jesus. Even if what we are doing or keeping busy with is good, we should notice if it is distracting us from something better. He must be our first priority.
- Sometimes, it is better to sit at Jesus' feet than to try to do great big things for Him. It is more important to maintain our heart for the Savior than to focus so much on good works and lose sight of what is important.
- It is all too easy to be filled with anxiety and become overwhelmed when we aren't focused on Jesus. Even further, comparison is a breeding ground for anxiety and discontentment.
- We don't have to hide our hearts from Jesus. He accepts our sadness and our brokenness and understands. In John 11, we know that Jesus wept. He doesn't ask us to hold back our emotion, but instead embraces them with love, grace, and understanding.