5 SEP

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

BEHIND THE MASK

Proverbs 20:12

 
Two sisters: one puts her feet up, laughing loudly, talking the night away with the guest. The other diligently sticks to the kitchen, making sure there’s soup in the pan, bread in the oven, drinks in cups. And yet it is Mary, the chatterbox, who Jesus commends for doing the right thing, not Martha.
 
To the untrained eye Martha is closer to God; after all she is being servant hearted, generous and accommodating. Mary seems to have just dropped herself on the sofa. But Jesus sees through appearances. He knows who is close to Him and who is just going through the motions. ‘The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both’. You can fool others with a Christian mask, and you can even fool yourself with it sometimes, but the eye of the Lord sees things as they really are.
 
Matt Redman penned the lyrics, ‘I’ve filled my time with preparations / Worn the cloak of endless serving / Though this is a part of loving / Some things can grow cold...’ * It’s not always the massive fall from grace or ten-story sin that wrenches us from Jesus. Sometimes, disguised in our endless serving, we can be light years from His presence. Are you ready for the hearing ear and the seeing eye to turn inwards?
 
What now?
 
Resolve to take off your Martha make-up and be more like Mary, spending time at the feet of Jesus. Ask God to warm you to Him again.
 

(* From ‘I Need to Get the Fire Back’ by Matt Redman. Copyright © 1996 Thankyou Music)

Proverbs 20:12

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