As far as Bible characters go, I’ve always identified more with Martha than Mary. In Luke 10:38-42, when Martha opens her home to Jesus and his disciples, I understand why she’s “distracted with many things” (Luke 10:41).
We also have many distractions—technology being chief among them for many of us! Scripture offers guidance when we feel weighed down by our many tasks, or when we find ourselves frustrated by our shortcomings and sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
To be grounded by grace means living with an awareness that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves—God’s got that covered. God loves us so much that God rescues us and gives us new life. Thanks be to God!
This message is excerpted from “What scripture says about God’s love” by Erin Strybis in the September 2019 Cafe online magazine.
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