More like Mary.

May 6, 2009

If I could choose to be like any person recorded in Scripture, King David would cross my mind, Mary (Jesus’ earthly mother) would cross my mind, Paul would cross my mind, and Jesus is a given … but in the end, I’d have to choose Mary, Martha’s sister.

Her deep love for Jesus expressed itself in humble, costly worship, to the point where others called it a “waste.”  But to the Lord, it was a beautiful thing; and that’s all she needed to know.

Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?  For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman?  For she has done a beautiful thing to Me … Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
(Matthew 26:6-13)

She sat at His feet, adoring Him and delighting in His every word.  She clung to the one thing that was necessary.

Now as they were on their way, Jesus entered a village.  And a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving.  And she went up to Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:38-42)

Though her brother Lazarus died, and though Jesus delayed in coming to heal Lazarus, when Martha told her Jesus was calling for her, she quickly went to Him.  In her grief, she didn’t withdraw from Him.

Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days … she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”  And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to Him.
(John 11:17, 28-29)

I love that she wasn’t “great” as some might count greatness.  As far as we know, she didn’t change the world, lead whole villages to Christ, or write book upon book.  Her greatness wasn’t in the breadth of her works but in the depth of her love.

She just loved Jesus.  He had her whole heart.

How she loved Him!  And how that was enough — for her and for Him.


2 Responses to “More like Mary.”

  1. moonchoi Says:


    Good reminder of what’s important in the midst of what can seem like busy Christian living. Thanks Tia. 🙂

  2. letitia Says:

    Ah, I love Mary.


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