16 Oct John 11:17-37

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Worship is at the heart of the Christian life. As Christians, we are to make disciples and help those in need, but before we can represent Christ to the lost or be his hands and feet to those in need, we must spend time with Him so that we might know Him. The three times you see Mary of Bethany in the Gospels, she is at the feet of Jesus. In Luke 10:39, she was listening to His word. In John 11:32, she was sharing her grief. In John 12:3, she was pouring out her worship. In contrast to Mary, Martha was present at each of these occasions, but was engaged in totally different activities. In Luke 10:39, she is in the kitchen preparing a meal and complaining. In John 11:20, she is questioning Jesus. In John 12:2, Martha was serving, but not griping. Many teachers present Martha as the worker and Mary as the worshiper, as if believers have a choice of one of those two things. But I don’t think the Christian life is an either/or situation. Maybe the Lord would be pleased if we emulated Mary in our worship and Martha in our work. Perhaps that is the balanced life. How balanced are you in your walk with Christ? Are you a true spiritual worshiper and a faithful Kingdom Builder? What do you need to do in your life to continue your growth along the Disciples’ Pathway?