John 11:20 (NKJV) Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Remember the story of “Martha and Mary” that is recorded in Luke 10:38-42? You know the one: The time Jesus visited in their home and Martha takes Jesus to task because he says nothing to Mary, who was sitting at his feet “doing nothing” while poor Martha was rushing around cooking, cleaning, and holding things together.
I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when I read today’s devotional verse. Nothing has changed. Martha is still the woman of action and Mary is still sitting in the house.
But that’s the point.
Why should anything have changed? Martha is who she is and Mary is who she is.
When God saves us he doesn’t turn us into something that we are not.
Just like in the Millennium when the lion lays down with the lamb. God’s answer is not to turn lions into lambs or lambs into lions, his answer is to break the curse and return them to how they were originally meant to be.
In the same way, when God saves people he doesn’t turn them in someone else, instead, he starts the process of turning them into the person they were originally created to be also.
- The ONE THING for today: People are what they are. It is impossible and impractical to go against “God’s knitting.” He knitted some to be like Martha—those type-A personalities and he knitted some to be more like reflective Mary. One is not right and the other wrong; one is not better and the other worse—they just are what they are. The key is to accept people for who and what they are. No one has to do life like you or me to be right. And by the way, it’s OK for you to be you—the goal is to just be the best you God knitted you to be and that requires the help of the Knitter.
Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
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