Sunday, May 08, 2011

Big Girls Bible Club Learn Lessons from Martha

Are you a Martha or a Mary? Do you show your devotion to Jesus by serving others, or by sitting as His feet learning from the Master Teacher? Or, are you sitting at the table in fellowship with your Lord as Lazarus did while his sister Martha was fretting over having to do all the work? There's a time in our lives to practice all these forms of devotion, but Jesus makes it clear that Mary has chosen the better way and it will not be taken from her." Romans 12:13 tells us to practice hospitality. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus tells us tells us to seek the kingdom of God first. Ecc. 3:1 reminds us that there is a time for everything. So, it is a matter of balance -keeping God first, and not letting service take the place of time devoted to sitting at His feet and learning from Him.
For girls in this nation, as well as others, it is important to emphasize how Jesus again, breaks down cultural barriers and makes it clear how He views women. 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. ”(Luke 10:41-42) In the culture of that time, Mary's place was in the kitchen with Martha, helping to serve the guests. Yet Jesus demonstrated that the Word of life is greater than her role in life. A woman is defined by her creation as an equal to man, not just by the roles she must live out. First, we are children of God, born to bring Him pleasure. Only after that can our culture define our role.
In a culture where boys are still valued over girls, I think it is important for the girls to know that they have worth, and they have choices. They can choose to be a girl of good moral character and integrity, knowing she is loved and valued by her Heavenly Creator through His Son Jesus.
 Having a cookie snack
 It makes a huge mess, but the girls enjoying creating their scrapbooks -and they are good about cleaning up.
 Mannotti and Sanjel just started their scrapbooks today.
 Busy at work creating.
 Martha, far right, tells Jesus (black and white top) to send Mary (pink) to help her.
 Martha (holding tray) serves her guests.

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