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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Showing Love

Posted by Emma on October 31, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Love

“Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” John 12:1-3

I was recently reading John 12 and these verses stood out to me, especially verses 2 and 3. Lazarus, Martha, and Mary are mentioned several times throughout the Gospels. They were friends of the Master and loved Him very much. The event told in these verses happens not long after Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and I think that the things recounted in them are the results of Mary, Martha and Lazarus’ hearts overflowing with love and thanks for the Master.

People are quick to note Mary’s act of love and devotion in this event, yet you rarely hear of Martha or Lazarus’ part. If you have read the gospels you know something of the personalities of each of the characters in this event. Each one is showing love to the Master in his or her way. Martha is a server. She is serving the Master to show her love and thanks. Lazarus is spending time with the Master to show his love and gratitude. Mary gives of a precious ointment and wipes Jesus feet with her hair. She is close, personal, and gives a lot in her expression of love and thanks. For those reasons it stands out to us the most.

We should take notice of Mary’s act, but I don’t think we should lose sight of the others. We all serve the Master in a way that expresses who we are. Every person is different and everyone shows love differently. We should show love to the Master from a sincere heart and the way that love is shown is going to reflect who we are. If we really love Him, I think we will. This does not give us the liberty to decide by what rules we follow the Master. No, God has already set the rules. Those are found in the Bible and we must obey God’s commands and not invent our own for the service of the Master. As soon as we invent our own, we no longer are showing love to the Master but contempt for Him. Yet within the rules set by God, there is room to show love to the Master and others in your way. Be who God made you to be and love the Master from pure heart!