Serve and Sit

Psalm 51:1–12; Habakkuk 3:2–13; John 12:1–11

That household is a problem. That’s pretty much the description for the household of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. One dies, is buried for 3 days, and then lives a (and will die a). Another takes some really expensive stuff and washes feet with it!

At least one was , right? Martha at least understood proper propriety when hosting a guest (even though it was ). Oh, except at the tomb of Lazarus she declared the Messiah (before Lazarus was raised from the dead). Nevermind. She’s just sly better. Barely.

If you had had at your house, would you have been Lazarus, Mary, or Martha? All of us would have tendencies to be all of them. For most of us, we would not be solely any of them. Even I would be sorely tempted to start cleaning house (and that’s not my thing). Perhaps I would be like Lazarus who would recline almost as an equal (but still with the “this guy raised me from the dead” look). Maybe I would be like Mary who didn’t care about propriety or place and at the feet of .

Many of us would like to immediately say we should be like Mary, however, is that really the case? didn’t tell Martha to come . Was it Martha’s place to at ’ feet? There are a great many people in the (and in the world) whose particular gifting is service. They feel more connected to when serving.

That doesn’t mean that they should never at the feet of , but always ting at the feet of is not good either. Sitting and ing only is good when it is applied to .


Do you know what your ual gift/ing is? How do you use it for ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.