June 8th, '18
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she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word"
Being the keynote speaker at many functions
nationwide, my name is usually in the bulletin or posted on the marquis. Bravo.
But around our home church most people know me as JJ the drummer's dad or as
Jasmine and Joel's grandpa or great-uncle or something. There are no nametags.
Oh well, I probably need the demotion. Sometimes Dad had to file down the
directory to fetch my name, calling me Jimraydavekrkrkris. Most middle-children
have heard that stutter. Now I do it with the grandkids too, ja..ja..jazzjoel..ja..jonathan.
Each has his proper place in the pecking order. Martha "had a sister called
Mary". Why didn't it just say, "Martha's sister was Mary"? Instead, "Martha had
a sister", as if Mary was an addendum, a tagalong, an extra weight. Why didn't
it say her name was Mary instead of saying she had a sister "called Mary". Was
she called Mary or was she actually, Mary? Inquiring minds want to know. The
other child can get a real identity issue if he or she doesn't receive some
endorsement along the way.
Martha complained that her little sister wasn't
pulling her weight in the kitchen, but why should she? After all it was
Martha's kitchen. It's hard to participate when you feel you're in the way. And
so the other child becomes the quiet one, buried in her reading or art,
headphones on, listening to her CDs. When a Mom gives all her girls names
starting with "Mar", like Martha and Mary, it is obvious that Martha was her
favorite name and first choice. The rest of the girls, Mary, Marva, Marlene and
Marti, etc. are all afterthoughts. That can be a hard hurdle to cross.
But Jesus valued Mary! He personally tutored
her in the word, called her by name and complimented her at the expense of her
big sister. "Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from
her" (Luke 10:42). And He didn't stutter when He said her name.
The other child might be the quiet child
but he or she's probably also the gifted child. Where there is an Esau, the
first son, and a Jacob, the other child, it seems that Jacob often ends up with
the blessing and birthright. Martha was bossy; Mary submitted to the Boss.
Martha was a perfectionist; Mary thought life too short to sweat the small
stuff. Martha stood over Jesus' shoulder; Mary sat at His feet. The humility
learned in being the nameless child pays great dividends when transferred into
worship. Note this verse, "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus"
(John 11:5). I would have written, "Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus", but
John, like everyone else at that time didn't recognize the other child.
Perhaps that is why another Mary, Mary Magdalene, was so elated when, in the
Easter garden, Jesus spoke her name, "Mary!" He speaks your name with pride,
with feeling, with understanding. Others may know you as What's-her-name,
Elvis' driver or Jimraydavekrkrkris, but Jesus knows you through and through.
And knowing all, He still loves you with an everlasting love. So be
encouraged. You don't have to have everyone's approval just One's approval...and
you have it.