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Jun
23

The Single Ladies: Part 2 – M&M

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Joy Jochems - Single Moms BloggerchocoMy apologies upfront for luring you in with thoughts of chocolaty sweetness.  Maintain that picture if it helps (or grab a few to munch on!), but promise me this: you’ll not discount the message when you discover whose initials we’re actually representing.

For the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of leading a women’s Sunday school class on Mary and Martha. (Was that a sigh I heard? I know their story is “over told” in Christian women’s circles, but hang in there with me! They have something to teach us about being a single lady, about being a Christian woman. Tradition and most commentaries do agree that neither woman married.) I continue to learn from and to be challenged by the things Scripture recounts about these two extraordinary women.

Our goal here is not to rehash service vs. sitting. We’re not trying to dissect intentions or personalities. What we are aiming for is nuggets of truth about relationship with Jesus as exemplified by Mary and Martha…

Truth #1: Jesus wasn’t a houseguest. Scripture reflects that Jesus was more than just a vagabond drop-in at their home. This was a place He felt welcome, comfortable, cared for, loved. Here He found friendship and refreshment and a break from the chaos.  He loved these two sisters and their brother Lazarus (John 11:5). And He loves you (Jeremiah 31:3). He wants to be more than an overnight guest in your home, in your heart.  He wants to dwell with you (Revelation 21:3) and dine with you (Revelation 3:20). The longing in your heart for companionship could be the knock of the Savior upon your heart’s door, not for salvation but for relationship.

Truth #2: Jesus was a friend. In each of the biblical accounts of interactions among Mary, Martha and Jesus, there is woven the common thread of familiarity. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. She feels wanted there. She knows His love and compassion. She longs to just be with Him. Martha approaches Jesus boldly, asking her heart-questions, knowing He has an answer, trusting Him to handle her with care. Where do you go to find rest for your soul? What (or who) is your source for answers to life’s tough questions, for peace in chaos, for hope in loss? Jesus calls you His friend (John 15:15). Is He yours?

Truth #3: Jesus was an intimate, influential, important part of their identities. The story in Luke 10 isn’t the only place we hear about Mary & Martha. Through the Gospel accounts, we get other glimpses of these amazing women.  It is evident that they found purpose (their calling!) in serving Jesus, not in social status or popular opinion or worldly pleasures. They continued to follow Christ, to run to Him, to minister to and for Him. And you? Where are you finding your value, your identity? Are you pursuing His purpose for your life…or your own? Whom are you striving to please?  There is freedom and peace and joy in His purposes and plans for you. In Him, you are made whole (Ephesians 3:19).

As I write this, I consider: what if I’m always a single lady like Mary and Martha?  The enemy may try to persuade me that such a life-long status makes one less worthy, less useful, less loved. But I say,

What greater honor than to be counted among those who:
regularly bring Jesus into their home!
call Jesus friend and are called “friends” by Him!
find in Jesus their identities!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

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