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Where Do You Stand in the Eyes of The Lord?

 

Luk 10:38  Now as they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.

Luk 10:39  She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and kept listening to what he was saying.

Luk 10:40  But Martha was worrying about all the things she had to do, so she came to him and asked, “Lord, you do care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself, don’t you? Then tell her to help me.”

Luk 10:41  The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.

Luk 10:42  But there’s only one thing you need. Mary has chosen what is better, and it is not to be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

 

Are You a Mary?

 

As a Christian it can become easy to get the things of life in the wrong order even if that order seems to be right. The world has a certain order of things, things that are natural to the world, the order if you will of the lost. This order generally starts with self, and works through a number of different versions of self before it moves on to others, and somewhere way down the line it finally gets to Jesus.

 

Mary however goes sits down before the Lord, right at His feet and continues to listen to what He’s teaching her. She gets the order correct, she gives things up to her Lord first, listens to what the Lord has to feed her with and learns in communion with His grace and love. She learns from the teachings of her Lord putting everything else in life on hold.

This is a picture of the kind of Christian God wants us to be. He wants our devotion and attention, Jesus asks us first to seek Him and His kingdom and all that we need to live will be provided. It’s a simple equation that’s diametrically opposite of what the world has in its order of things.

We are called to learn from the Lord through prayer, reading the word of God in the Bible and personal time with our King and Savior before we do anything else in our day. It is through the proper order of things that we not only put Christ through the Holy Spirit on the Throne of our lives, but we are blessed with streams of living water to share with others throughout the day.

Are You a Martha?

 

Life seems to be full of stuff that must be done first, things must be prepared, and they must be made just so and absolutely perfect before I am ready to approach God. Many people equate Biblical knowledge with university degrees, for some reason having letters after ones name makes them closer to God, more capable of sharing His word.

Martha went around making preparations probably for food for Jesus and those who came with Him and getting together water to quench their thirst. She was a busybody, concerned that everything must be just right, that all must be done before she could or even should sit at Jesus feet and listen.

When she complained to Jesus about Martha she expected Jesus to side with her however He said that Mary had done what was right!

This makes no sense to the Martha’s of the Christian world. Those who are focused on getting right before approaching God, legalists is the term I’m looking for, try to live the Christian life under their own power. They believe that by following the Ten Commandments, worshipping on the Sabbath, or keeping rituals and man made laws on top of that they can obtain a goodness that enables them to approach Christ.

They fail to realize that if Jesus Christ is on the outside then they are not working through the strength of the one who can save them. They are walking hand in hand with Him, eventually, but He is not where He needs to be. This sort of situation leads to failure after failure, and it is quite possible to become so discouraged that you to a lukewarm situation, and like of God but not a love of God. This is as close as you can get to the condition that each and everyone of us started in.

The Lazarus Effect

 

Joh 11:32  As soon as Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Joh 11:33  When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, he was greatly troubled in spirit and deeply moved.

Joh 11:34  He said, “Where have you put him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”

Joh 11:35  Jesus burst into tears.

Joh 11:36  So the Jews said, “See how much he loved him!”

Joh 11:37  But some of them said, “Surely the one who opened the eyes of the blind man could have kept this man from dying, couldn’t he?”

Joh 11:38  Groaning deeply again, Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

Joh 11:39  Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, told him, “Lord, there must be a stench by now, because he’s been dead for four days.”

Joh 11:40  Jesus said to her, “I told you that if you believed you would see God’s glory, didn’t I?”

Joh 11:41  So they removed the stone. Then Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.

Joh 11:42  I know that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”

Joh 11:43  After saying this, he shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

Joh 11:44  The dead man came out, his hands and feet tied with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a handkerchief. Jesus told them, “Untie him, and let him go.”

Joh 11:45  Many of the Jews who had come with Mary and had observed what Jesus did believed in him.

 

John 11:32-45

 

Are You Just Like Lazarus

 

By the time that Jesus came to Bethany after the summons by Mary and Martha Lazarus had been dead for four days. He was sealed in the tomb and had probably begun to get rather smelly and yet Jesus had come so that He might do something spectacular. He was going to raise His friend Lazarus from the dead, just like He raises people who are Spiritually dead every day.

I love this translation (ISV) because it has Jesus burst into tears instead of Jesus wept. I think that captures His feelings about each one of those who are lost to the world, lost in sin and dead to Him. He bursts into tears over you, and before I was His He burst into tears over me, because to Him we were and in some cases are still dead. The Word of God states that He wants to save us ALL, he wants none of us to be lost in Sin.

If you are drawn towards Spiritual things, if you have read the Bible or have read articles online including those which Holy Spirit helps me write for this blog I have good news for you. This attraction can only come from God, He has put it in your heart to look into His word, to explore His passion for you. He is opening your eyes and ears to the reality of the sins of this world and His eternal and unconditional love for you.

You’ll notice that Jesus after lifting His voice up to the Father calls out in a loud voice: “Lazarus, come out!”

And Lazarus comes out, he’s alive, he is whole. Mary and Martha rush forward along with others to unwrap him.

Before we find Christ, before He leads us to Him, we are wrapped up in our grave clothes and dead to Him. We are covered in Sin and dead to the gift of Salvation He brings, but He calls out to us through His word, through other Christians we meet, through television shows of church services. There was even a time many years ago when He called out to me: “Ross, take my hand. I will never let you go.”

He calls out to you personally. He calls out to you again and again because He doesn’t want you to be lost. Take His hand and let Him lead you out of the grave of this sinful world, and devote yourself to Him.

God needs to be on your throne, give Him that place of honor in your body His new Temple, let His Holy Spirit take its rightful place in your life. Once the Lord is in charge of your life, He will lead you in the way you should go. In the morning connect with Him like a Child to the Father, a perfect Father who has an unending supply of unconditional love. This God who will never get drunk, abuse, or leave you. The Father who will never ever forsake you.

Like Mary put God first and He will use you to share the word with those around you. God doesn’t care about letters after names, He doesn’t care about Masters Degrees, He gives out His own degrees thank you very much. His degree is simply this: Fisher (of) Men. As a disciple of Christ, as a Christ Follower the Help of the Holy Spirit and the abundance of His grace call us out of this world to bring more people to our Lord and Savior. My name is Ross Cooper (F.M.), and I challenge you to be like Mary once you are freed from a Lazarus existence.

It won’t be an easy walk nor did the Lord promise it to be so, but once we make the choice to be His we HAVE eternal life. And we are called to spread the Word of His Salvation to all those that we meet.

I leave you with what the Apostle Paul said to the Ephesians, and all believers in Christ through the ages:

 You used to be dead because of your offenses and sins, in which you once lived according to the ways of this present world and according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now active in those who are disobedient.

 Indeed, all of us once behaved like them in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and senses. By nature we deserved wrath, just like everyone else.

 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love for us even when we were dead because of our offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the limitless riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

 For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God and not the result of works, lest anyone boast.

 For we are his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.

 

Ephesians 2:1-10

 

May Christ Bless you Greatly in your walk with Him.

In Christ,

Ross

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