11th July 2019

A Tale of Two Sisters

“Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what He was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks;”
Luke 10:39-40 (NRSV)

I have two sisters and their personalities differ. One is very well organised and when she commits herself to something she completes it to her high standard. The other is more emotionally touched. But they are both loving and caring and they both have a love for the Lord. Is one better than the other?

Of course not; and yet sometimes it is thought that when Jesus said “Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part” (Luke 10:41-42) He is saying one is better than the other. Is He?

In the early days of the church the apostles realised that to maintain harmony amongst the believers there was a need to appoint some to devote themselves to physical service so that others could focus more on spreading the word (Acts 6:1-7). The same distinction exists today – we call them pastors or preachers, and deacons. It depends on the situation. People are naturally inclined to serve the Lord in different ways. Some more on meditation and Bible study, others more on acts of service. Neither is better or worse than the other. God gave us all different personalities and abilities. Paul summarised this several times in his letters. I Corinthians 12:28 includes helpers and organisers.

Lord God, take my gifts, whatever they are, to glorify You.

Study by Chris Reeve

About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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