IS YOUR CONFESSION EVER HONEST?
Someone asked me something from across the room. My first response was to take the question in isolation and play it over in my mind before I asked for some clarification in reference to the context being discussed.
I was reading through the gospel of John 11 and was touched afresh by the episode about Lazarus' death and resurrection as illustrated in the gospel. The chapter also gives us a picture of the relationship between Jesus and the two sisters of Bethany and a peek into their character.
Martha talks to the face and is matter of fact. Mary is devout and unconditional in her adoration of the Lord Jesus.
Martha had an up-front relationship with Jesus, and she was almost thinking aloud, and saying the first thing that came to her mind. She declared when she saw Jesus, that Lazarus would never have died had Jesus been around. She even reiterated that if Jesus wanted to, He could still raise him up from the dead but a little further on, it is she who expressed doubts about moving the stone and the stench that could come because it was already four days since Lazarus' death. She was verbalising all that was going on in her mind. It speaks a lot about her comfort level with Christ. Before how many people can we open up to that extent?
Mary, on the other hand, fell down at the feet of Jesus and also expressed confidence in the fact that Lazarus would not have died had Jesus been around, but weeps bitterly. The pain she revealed tells us of the terrible loss she felt and yet she was unchanging and undemanding in her devotion to Jesus.
Jesus was moved in spirit and troubled.
Martha and Mary, these sisters of Bethany-why do they fascinate me so much? They are the portrait of all the women who are in Jesus' life right to this day.
That is where I come in. Yes, I am a woman in the Lord Jesus' life. I am not sure as to whether I am a Martha or a Mary, but this I know, I have a lot to learn from both of them.
From Martha, I could learn to be more upfront, to be able to express my pain, my weaknesses and my struggles more freely...to sometimes say in so many words, "It hurts!" From Mary, I could learn to choose 'the better part', whether it was to sit in Jesus' presence and revel in His love, or to anoint Him with the precious alabaster, wipe it with her hair, expressing her adoration of the Lord so beautifully, and finally to move Jesus in spirit, to make Him weep in compassion to action, for the glory of God.
From both of them I could learn to just be a woman in the Lord Jesus' life.