(John 12:2a), " There they made him a supper; and Martha served…"
In our last lesson we began a three part lesson on, "what does your heart say about you" by looking at the family of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. The heart is often used as a metaphor to describe the true nature of a person.
(Matthew 15:19), “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”
Last time we looked at the heart of Lazarus and learned the heart of Lazarus reveals the Gospel because the death and resurrection of Lazarus from the dead in John 11 is a picture of the condition of all sinners before salvation and what happens in salvation.
In this lesson we are going to look at what the heart of Martha reveals.
- The Heart of Martha Reveals Good Work
The story of Martha is recorded in gospel of John, chapter 12. Let's look and see how the heart of Martha reveals good works.
When Martha is mentioned in the Word of God it is usually in connection with serving. Martha loved Jesus Christ and so she was naturally moved to do good works and to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Word of God says that when we trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were created unto good works and that we are to serve Him out of a heart of love.
(Titus 3:8a), “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.”
(Hebrews 10:24), “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
(Matthew 5:16), “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
We are to serve the Lord Jesus Christ through good works because we are His servants.
The word "serve" is the word from which we get our word deacon. A deacon is somebody who serves. That's all any of us are, servers and servants. Paul calls himself an apostle and a servant (deacon) of Jesus Christ. We're all servants (deacons). There's no place for anything else in our lives. If any Christian feels they have any other obligation than to serve their Lord and serve their fellow believers, they’re wrong. We are servants and no more.
Could you imagine what the fellowship of a church would be like if everyone served each other. That’s the way Jesus designed it to be.
(Luke 22:27b), “…I am among you as he that serveth.”
How do we Christians serve each other in their local church? Through the spiritual gifts that God has given them and through the body ministries of their church. We are to serve each other and every time we serve ourselves instead of serving others, it is sin! We are to serve one another and by serving one another we serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Allen Jackson