Within us we all have a little bit of Martha. We have all behaved a little like her.
Martha opened her home to Jesus.
She believed in Jesus but not His finished work.
Am I really trusting in the finished work of Christ?
Martha worked for her salvation.
She had an entitlement attitude. Entitled to be noticed. Entitled for thanks.
Martha thought she knew better.
Abraham and Sarah thought the same, they thought they knew better.
Martha thought Jesus didn’t care. She blamed God.
We can be quick to blame God when things don’t work out our way.
Martha tried to find fault with others.
Martha was high maintenance.
Working for approval.
Working out of obligation. It didn’t make her happy. It made her grumpy.
Mary, on the other hand, understood grace. She understood she did not have to work for her salvation. She could rest in grace.
It wasn’t about her presentation or occupation.
Mary knew recognition did not matter.
We find rest in God’s favour.
Mary was confident in who she was, not jealous of others.
Mary didn’t feel obligated to serve. She did it because she wanted to.
When you don’t feel obligated you are walking in God’s grace.
Ephesians 2:8-10 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
A revelation of grace makes us want to be in His presence and worship. Being in God’s presence leads to enabling grace.
Worship is an exchange of inadequacy for His enabling grace.