Time for Thought
The activity of Martha in contrast to the meditation of Mary
in the Scriptures has provoked many to choose one or the other
as a pattern for their lives. Yet, these were sisters, related
to each other and living in the same household. They are not
to be separated. Each has a part to play in our Christian
experience. Faith and works go together. Our revelations must
find a practical outworking in everyday life or else they
are of no real value.
Concerning the birth of Jesus, the Scripture says, “The
word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” This is yet
true today; our experiences and revelations in the Word must
face the test of life. We cannot separate our religion from
life. Spiritual gifts must find fulfillment in the fruit of
the Spirit. This separation has brought great reproach on
true Christianity. Our experience in the Lord and the path
of our daily life are one. James expresses this truth. “Even
so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone.”
This is the test of a true experience and walk with God.
Martha and Mary belong together, in the same household, each
fulfilling their part, at the right time and in the right
Allow the Holy Spirit to take charge of your daily tasks,
whether pleasant or not, in the outworking of HIS purposes
for our life. Right now—ask Him to bring the right balance
between works and revelation in our Christian experience.
This is a mark of maturity.