|When It Is More Blessed To Receive|
If Jesus comes to your home, what would you do? Would you ask Him to sit down and start serving Him? Or would you sit down and start drawing from Him? Would you let Him serve you and fill you up?
Jesus walked into the house of two sisters, Martha and Mary. (Luke 10:38-39) Martha saw His weariness. She knew that Jesus had been walking for miles, going about doing good, healing the sick and meeting the people’s needs. Obviously, He must be tired, she thought, so she saw Him as someone she had to care for.
Mary, however, saw beyond Jesus’ external weariness into His divinity. She saw that He was someone she needed to draw from. And by doing that, she made Him feel like God — the Saviour who had come to serve her and not be served by her. (Matthew 20:28) Jesus even commended her for choosing the better portion!
Our human minds just find that hard to believe. Some people tell me, “But Pastor Prince, the Bible says that it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) When it comes to man, that is true. But when it comes to God, He wants to give. In fact, unless you learn how to receive from God, you will have nothing to give to man.
Which sister gave Jesus the sweeter feast and filled Him up? Martha who was busy preparing food for Him? Or Mary who sat still and drew deeply from Him? Mary made Jesus feel a sense of His divine glory. She allowed Jesus to be the giver, to be God.
Like Martha, we always reverse the roles. We somehow think that God needs our service, but He actually wants to fill us first. Mary’s hungry ears and heart were more precious to Jesus than Martha’s busy hands and feet.
We use our ears and hearts to draw from Jesus. We use our hands and feet to serve Him, and there is a place for that. But our sense and appreciation of God’s divine fullness is more precious to Him than all the service we can render Him. And when you draw from Him, you cannot help but become a great giver and server.
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