John 12:2-3 | “Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet …”
On the surface, the above passage of scripture seems to just describe the interaction and depth of relationship Jesus had with Martha, Lazarus and Mary. Until the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to this phrase: “Martha served.” The above dinner took place after Jesus had reprimanded Martha about choosing service over being attuned to His wishes. He actually called her focus on service a distraction from Him. (Luke 10:38-42)
Also, Lazarus had been raised from the dead by this time.(John 12:1) So, Martha was not a stranger to the preferences of Jesus; yet, we see her stuck in ‘service’. The words of Jesus to her hadn’t changed that part of her. So while Mary, who had chosen the better thing (Luke 10:42), metamorphosed into making spiritual sacrifices celebrated by Jesus, Martha’s humanity held her down.
Here’s the lesson: hearing the words of Jesus does not always translate into obeying them. Continually pray to the Holy Spirit for grace to obey Her words. For it’s only when you obey that you transcend your humanity and evolve into higher versions of your divine nature. Bliss be with you.