“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” John 10:14 (NIV).
These days of Covid-19 Pandemic most everyone is wearing a mask. When I do I almost feel like I have lost my identity, and that others have too. It feels as if I am in a state of hiding—like people I see in public may not know who I am, even though they may have been my friend for years. Although I know that I am still the same person, somehow the feeling I get under the mask is different than what I am accustomed to—like being concealed.
We know that through Jesus our identity is never lost; He knows us intimately. The Bible says in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart.”
Thank You, Lord, that even under our masks You know all of us intimately.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure. Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV).
Martha busily prepared a meal for Jesus and His disciples, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, capturing every extraordinary word that He spoke (Luke 10:38-42). Both were women of faith, demonstrated later when they sent for Jesus to heal Lazarus (John 12:1-8). Jesus loved them and valued their uniqueness. Both were giving of themselves—Martha of her energy, Mary of her spiritual sensitivity.
But Martha’s service was clouded by a critical, complaining spirit. Mary’s service, in contrast, was performed with devotion and gratefulness. Without pause for the cost, she brought nard to Jesus, a costly ointment or perfume. Without hesitation she broke it open and wiped His feet. The simplicity of Mary’s devotion touched the heart of the Lord (John 12:1-8).
What attitude do we bring in our service to the Lord? Whatever the task, do we mutter and complain or bring a surrendered spirit to His service? What spiritual treasures do we offer willingly? Let us seek to serve without complaining, that His name will be magnified wherever we go.
Thank you, Lord, that You created us uniquely different in our abilities and gifts. Help us to always use them for Your glory and honor, with a spirit that honors You.
I love to walk with and write about our great God and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Now in my senior years, I can say, looking back at the joys, difficulties, and challenges of life, "I know that my Redeemer lives," (Job 19:25 NIV). I am a retired teacher and author of many published articles, and contributor to two books--God Still Meets Needs (Littleton)and Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Wilburn,Butts). I am also author of In God's Creation: Devotions for the Outdoors and In God's Creation: Devotions for the Beach. Both books are available on Amazon and www.booknofurther.com.