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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Weary (05/03/12)

TITLE: KINDNESS RECEIVES A GOOD REWARD
By Hope Grizzard
05/05/12


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KINDNESS RECEIVES A GOOD REWARD


“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

Martha, Lazarus and Mary’s sister, was complaining to JESUS upon HIS arrival at their home when JESUS was too late (so they thought) to heal him. Now he was dead and surely his body would stink by now. Martha was anxious about Mary’s constant being with JESUS and not helping in the preparation of the funeral of her beloved brother. JESUS had told her he would live again and she thought it was in the resurrection. However JESUS resurrected him from the dead before the sisters very own eyes.

Mary and Martha were sisters but their attitude was so different even to the way they thought and spoke. Martha desired Mary’s help in the household chores and getting everything ready for the burial. Mary wanted to be at the LORD’S side or feet and be learning of HIM in this wearisome time in their lives.

You know I can understand both of their feelings. To Martha their guest needed a place to stay and eat and refresh from such a long journey. She was getting fatigued. She wanted JESUS, their friend, to agree with her. However Mary was sincere about her need of JESUS’S word and comfort at her trying moment and really could care less about the housework. If they had joined in their tasks together and worshipped JESUS together, they would have accomplished a great deal more than arguing.

JESUS could have given her comfort with this scripture:
Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

She could have fallen onto the pillows from exhaustion but listened to the leading of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:11 My son, (MY Daughter) do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction;
HE did not chastise her harshly but gave her words to press forward and giving her acknowledgement of chastisement and correction to those whom HE loved. As parents today we do correct and love our children just as CHRIST did to those whom HE loved

. Hebrews 12:3 [ The Discipline of God ] For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." What wonderful words from the MASTER to give such advice to them and I feel certain of the love HE showed.

JESUS really had compassion even for those who were hostile to HIM and HE had come to earth for the washing of their sins.

One day one of my sons came into the house with words of dismay from helping the church give out food from a BBQ to elders and those without. He grabbed himself a drink from the refrigerator and made himself a sandwich while continuing to tell me how tired he was. Finally I said to him, “Do not grow weary in well doing.” Frowning he says, “Mama, I do not even know what that means.”

“It means if you are helping someone; do not get to the point that you do not appreciate what you are doing for them with kindness that overpowers the tiredness. Honey, you have such a good heart, and put yourself in their shoes and you were the one that was being given such a wonderful treat by a kind and considerate person like yourself.
“You did not have to have someone to give you your reward of drink and food following your goodness of love. Here is another scripture for you to remember since you have been working on your temper:

“ Revelation 2:3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary."

“Mama loves you and so does GOD. HE has given you a heart after HIMSELF. Giving and not wanting anything in return for your blessing to them,” I was hugging my son and getting one in return.

What a blessing GOD has given us our children to love and correct, just because they are GOD’S and we have the privilege of training them up and watching them as they do the same for their gifts of GOD.


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CD Swanson 05/12/12
I adored the scriptures, the story and the dialogue throughout this entry. It was so well written, and so prolific in its message.

Thank you for this.

God bless,

Camille~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/12/12
This is a nice devotion with some good points. I liked how you showed both sides of Martha and Mary.

Personally, I think the all capital letters for Jesus' name is a bit distracting. Use wonderful words to get the message that he is the capital, the head and heart of our spiritual walk.

I also enjoyed the personal bit about your son. Some say it is better to start off a devotion with the personal bit and then go into the Bible lesson because unfortunately many people may skip over it if they see a lot of the Bible quoted right away.

You did a nice job reflecting on the verses. You also covered the topic in more than one way. Sure Martha was tired from doing the work, but Jesus was weary of his followers not getting it. I'm sure it was a huge emotional strain which is shown in the verse, Jesus wept.