Her name was Mary

Her name means “obstinate or rebellious.” It’s very likely that her sister thought it was an appropriate name, but her actions opened her heart and the Master walked in.

Her story: Luke 10:38-42; John 11:1-32; John 12:1-12

There are several Mary’s in the gospel. This Mary was the sister of Martha and Lazarus. They all loved Jesus. He visited their home in Bethany on several occasions. Luke records a visit where Mary and Martha had different ideas about the best thing to do while Jesus was in their home. Mary sat down at His feet while He was teaching. She had a heart to hear and wanted to learn from Him herself. She was commended for that decision. John records two other times Jesus visited the trio. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus died. Even though Jesus loved them dearly, He waited before turning to raise Lazarus from the dead. When He arrived, Lazarus had been buried for four days. Martha went out to meet Jesus and then went back to get Mary, who was surrounded by many people. When the sisters came together, all Mary’s friends followed. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and many people saw the miracle. Later, Jesus returned right before Passover. During this visit, Mary anointed Him with precious, expensive oil. Others questioned her wisdom, but Jesus commended her for the action and said that it was preparation for His own burial.

Her legacy for us: Mary did things that were seen as not helpful or unwise, but her heart was focused on Jesus and her actions reflected a humble heart full of faith who wanted, more than anything, to honor Jesus. Because she was intent on ministering to Jesus, she recognized His sacrifice before He went to Jerusalem and was crucified.

Our response to Him: Do my actions reflect a humble heart that wants to honor, worship and serve You regardless of what others might say about me? Am I willing to rebel against the standards and norms of this world to be wholly devoted to You?

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