And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
You know the story—Martha was busy serving Jesus while her sister, Mary, sat at His feet and drew from Him words of life. Martha didn’t like it that Mary wasn’t helping her, so she complained about it to Jesus.
Who do you think Jesus defended? He defended Mary.
Many believers think that it’s better to give than to receive. Now, that’s true in our relationships with people. But when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, it’s better to RECEIVE from Him than to try to give to Him! Jesus describes Himself as the “bread of life”, in essence telling us that He wants us to partake of Him and receive from Him all the nourishment, strength, healing, provision and abundant life we can take!
God Can When You Can't “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
As long as you say, “I can,” God “cannot” in your life. When you rely on your own strength and believe that you can do it, God won’t be able to help you. He won’t force His help on you when you don’t see the need for it. But when you turn to Him and say, “I cannot,” oh He can, He can! His “I can” will flow through your “I can’t.” His strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Beloved, when you say, “I can,” you are saying that you don’t need saving, and the Savior will let you be. But when you look to Him and say, “Lord, I can’t kick this big, bad habit,” He will say, “No problem. I am a Savior who is greater than this habit.” He will rush in to save you. He will empower you to overcome it.
When you look to Him and say to Him, “Lord, I can’t change my spouse. I can’t change my child. I’m so tired. Please take over,” He will say, “No problem. Watch me do a deep, transforming work in their lives and in yours.” He will work in you, through you and for you, and what seems impossible to you will become possible!
Jesus Is Your Solution "Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him." John 9:2-3
I love how our Lord Jesus is such a loving and practical God. When there is a problem, He goes straight to the solution!
Before Jesus stepped in to heal the man born blind, his disciples were caught up in uncovering whose sin had made the man blind. Jesus, on the other hand, was interested only in using His power to give the poor man sight!
The same way Jesus didn’t get sucked into the “blame game” is the same way He doesn’t want you to. So don’t ask what or whose sin caused your or anyone else's sickness. Forget about what you or they should or shouldn’t have done or why it happened. Be preoccupied instead with the solution—Jesus Christ, who through the cross has removed every sin in our life and who wants to work a miracle!
A woman comes to Jesus in a Pharisee’s house weeping and washing his feet. No doubt she felt shame as the eyes of Simon communicated to everyone present that this woman was a sinner and that Jesus had no business letting her touch him.
Indeed she was a sinner. There was a place for true shame. But not for too long.
Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48). And when the guests murmured about this, he helped her faith again by saying, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:50). How did Jesus help her battle the crippling effects of shame? He gave her a promise: “Your sins have been forgiven! Your faith has saved you. Your future will be one of peace.” He declared that past pardon would now yield future peace.
So the issue for her was faith in God’s grace rooted in the authority of Jesus’s forgiving work and freeing word. That is the way every one of us must battle the effects of shame that threatens to linger too long and cripple us.
We must battle unbelief by taking hold of the promises of grace and peace that come through the forgiveness of our shameful acts. “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (Psalm 130:4). “To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43). God’s forgiveness is the liberating power for our freedom from shame. Forgiveness is full of grace. When we live by faith in grace, we are freed from the lingering, paralyzing effects of well-placed shame.