John 11:28 (NKJV)
And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”
“The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”
Wow! What a statement. What a privilege to have the Son of God himself to make an appearance and to call specifically for you.
But here’s the question I have: Why did Jesus have to call?
When we think of the two sisters: Mary and Martha, we usually think of Mary as the more spiritual one—you know, the one sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to him while poor “unspiritual” Martha is banging pots and pans in the kitchen fuming that no one offers to help her.
But with every strength there also comes a weakness. Martha’s strength/weakness was she was a woman of action. On the downside, she had trouble cooling her jets and simply enjoying the presence of Jesus in her home. On the plus side, however, she didn’t have any trouble getting up and going to Jesus when she heard he was close by.
Mary, on the other hand, had no trouble letting the dishes pile up while Jesus was present. But the down side of that is that when she heard that Jesus was nearby she had trouble getting up and going to him; turns out that you can sit too much.
- The ONE THING for today: Jesus doesn’t always appear the way we want him to. Jesus doesn’t always appear where we want him to. It is possible to get so accustomed to sitting at Jesus’ feet that we fail to exert ourselves to “go outside the gate” to where Jesus is ministering and serving.
By all means, make time daily to read and study your bible. By all means, find the church God wants you to be a part of and make it a huge priority in your life. But…
Don’t get so caught up sitting around doing spiritual things that you forget that Jesus is also very apt to get up and gird himself with a towel and start serving.
Is that Jesus calling for you over there…away from your comfort zone? Remember, Jesus has this uncanny habit of performing his best miracles in the strangest places. Better be there, if you don’t want to miss it.
Hebrews 13:12 (NKJV)
Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
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