John 11:29 (NKJV)
As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
To her eternal credit, when Mary heard that Jesus had offered a personal invitation, she immediately responded.
I remember as a boy the moment that Christ’s invitation became personal for me. Like Mary (John 11:20), there had been many times in my young life that I was aware that Jesus was present but there is a world of difference between Jesus being present generally, and Jesus actually knocking on your heart’s door.
I was eight-years old and the preacher had given the “altar call” (invitation). This was the norm in the church I went too as a boy. The pastor always gave an altar call and I had responded many times—all we children did. But that Sunday night was different. For the first time in my life I felt the weight of eternity. I sensed the weight of my own accountability to God and my desperate need for a Savior. That night I received a personal invitation from Jesus to come to him and let him be that savior I so desperately needed.
And like Mary, to my eternal credit, I went forward.
I remember another time when my best friend in those days accepted a personal invitation from Christ. It was during a revival and at the end of the service the evangelist asked my friend, “What did Jesus do for you tonight?” I still remember his answer; he said, “Jesus pulled my heart string.”
And that’s the crux of the issue—“the heart.”
Mary and Martha both had their issues but they both got the most important thing right—they both had a tender heart toward Jesus.
- The ONE THING for today: Whatever you do, keep a tender heart towards Jesus. Don’t let your heart grow cold; don’t ever allow yourself to get to the point that you no longer hear the gentle call of the Savior. Guard your heart; guard your heart diligently so that it remains, always, tender toward your Lord.
Titus 1:15 (NKJV)
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
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