John 11.28-30 cont.
28 Saying this she went and privately called Mary, her sister, saying: “The teacher is here and is calling you.”
29 When she (Mary) heard this, she quickly got up and came to Him.
30 Jesus had not yet arrived in the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met Him.
When I was at school we used to have a schools sports day during the summer term. I remember that one of the races was the slow bicycle race, a race I never was a part of.
The object was to be the last person to reach the finishing line by cycling as slowly as possible without falling off.
There are people who go through life a little like that, doing things as slowly as possible. This can be frustrating for others, especially parents who have asked their children to do something.
A slow response can sometimes be a good thing, but so can a quick response.
The Psalmist wrote: I will hurry, without lingering, to obey your commands – Psalm 119.60 (NLT). We need to respond immediately to the words of Jesus.
Mary was quick to respond to the news that Jesus had arrived and was outside the village. She got up and went to meet with Him.
How quick are we to come to Jesus to meet with Him?
One of the real dangers of being a Christian is that we can get ourselves so involved in working for Him that we have little or no time just to be with Him.
We live in a society that is geared to activity. All our waking hours are full of various activities. This is perhaps more so than any previous generation has known. If we are not at work, then there are a multitude of activities to engage our time.
However, time spent with Jesus is time that refocuses our attention on His vision for us. Time spent with Jesus re-energises us. Time spent with Jesus brings health and life to our bodies and refreshment to our souls.
Therefore, let us be like Mary and come quickly to Jesus. Do not delay, do not put it off until tomorrow, for that may be too late.
Remember that when Jesus called the disciples they immediately left their fishing nets and followed Him.
We have to put aside what we are doing and come quickly to Jesus.