A classic Bible story featuring two sisters, Mary and Martha. These are famous sisters because of their love and devotion to Jesus both on this day and throughout His life. Mary and Martha also had a famous brother, Lazarus, who was raised from the dead in the account recorded in John 11. In John 11, John records Jesus love for the sisters. But in this story, we find that Jesus love has a corrective tone. Following a day of travel, Jesus and His disciples stopped at Mary and Martha’s house to rest and eat. Not having cell phones, the visit was most likely a surprise and through the household into delightful chaos, the Master was here! But Martha emphasized the chaos and Mary chose the delight of having Jesus near. The story ends with a mild rebuke / correction to Martha and an “atta boy” to Mary for choosing the better way. A lesson we can all learn from, Time with Jesus is the best investment or our time and should not be neglected by the stuff of life. In the Great Commandment text, Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus said our time with Him is first, but giving our time to serve others is right below, it is the second Great Commandment.
God gave Daniel a very unusual gift or talent: the ability to understand and interpret another person’s dreams. God used Daniel and his unique gift only a couple of times in Daniel’s life, but a very important moment in Israel’s (Daniel’s people’s) history. In this story, God used Daniel’s talent to help King Nebuchadnezzar to interpret and understand a dream that God was telling the king to repent, to stop doing wrong things, and start being kind and merciful to the poor. God give everyone at least one talent that we are to use to be good to others and to give glory to God. (Daniel 4:19-27)
Jesus and disciples, along with the daily crowds that were at the Temple, were watching the people coming and going at the offering banks. Some would make a big show of the amount of money they were giving (that is why people watched). They would count out stacks of dollars or large heavy bags of coins and drop them with a loud BANG! As people watched with wonder the show, Jesus pointed out an older widow discretely walking up to the offering coffers and she dropped in two copper coins, a very, very small amount. She then quickly moved off. Jesus told the watching disciples that from heaven’s eyes, this woman gave the biggest gift of any today. Jesus explained everyone else gave from their surplus and wealth, but the widow gave all that she possessed. Her gift was truly a sacrifice. Perhaps God is more impressed with the heart of the gift than the size of the gift. (Mark 12:41-44)
Jesus was telling a crowd of people, ‘God the Father, in His great love for all of us on earth, sent me, His One and Only Son, to show the way to God and to pay the price for the sins of all people one the earth’. God sent Jesus so that anyone who would A-dmit they have done wrong and sinned, B-elieve that Jesus is God and died to pay the punishment for their sins, and C-hoose Jesus to be their Savior, Forgiver, and Forever Friend, then God the Father would forgive and give to them the free and great gift of Eternal life! And Jesus would be thrilled if you did that today