Most of us know Martha as the woman who was too distracted with housework to sit and listen to Jesus when He visited. But what if there’s more to who she is? In this post, we will be looking at other passages about Martha and learning more about her true character.
As I mentioned earlier, when Jesus visited Martha and her sister Mary, Martha was too focused on other tasks to be attentive to Jesus. (Luke 10:38-42) Although this is true, Martha also demonstrated great faith (in other passages recorded in the Bible).
For instance, after Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, had died, Martha greeted Jesus as He came to visit her and Mary once again. At first, she says, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21) I am sure that many of us can relate to Martha’s feelings during this situation. Many times, we may think that it is too late for God to do anything in our lives, when in reality, we must be patient and wait for His timing. Although your situation may seem hopeless, just remember that God is not finished with you yet!
To answer Martha, Jesus explained that Lazarus will rise again. In John 11:24, Martha answered saying, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Through this statement, it is clear that Martha believes in Jesus, as the Gospel itself is based on the fact that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) In addition, Martha also says, “I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, Who is to come into the world.” (John 11:27)
Just like Martha, we all are tempted to take our focus off of God. This world is filled with distractions, so it can be easy to stray away. Yet God knows that we are not perfect, and He just wants us to love and believe in Him.
Hebrews 11: 6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
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