What’s similar between the story of Jesus’ “transfiguration” on the mountain and the story of Mary and Martha’s behavior when Jesus was their guest?
In the first, Peter’s response was that he had to DO something: maybe build some shelters for Jesus and his guests, Moses and Elijah. In the second, Martha’s priority was on DOING something: fixing a meal for Jesus and the other guests.
But both Peter and Martha were gently reprimanded and told to just stop and listen to Jesus. (See Matthew 17:1-8 and Luke 10:38-41.)
Here’s the link to a beautiful song that helps me slow down and listen to the Lord:
The writers of the New Testament (especially Luke) seem to have a special place in their heart for women. I love to look at these women and think how I might follow their example in seeking and serving the Lord:
Mary and Elizabeth—responded positively when chosen for special roles in God’s salvation.
Anna—widowed, led a life of active devotion to God, saw & proclaimed the Messiah.
Mary & Martha—pursued special friendship with Jesus like few probably had. Mary gave lavished her treasure unreservedly on Jesus.
Woman with bleeding—believed, touched, was healed & blessed.
Widow who gave two coins—did beyond the expected, gave everything!
Sinful woman—came where she was unwelcome in order to see Jesus, repent and be forgiven.
Priscilla—exercised leadership gifts along with her husband and Paul, hospitality, consistent life and teaching.