Intimacy Receiver

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Today I'm going to share with you a woman in the bible...Mary of Bethany. Mary was the sister of
 Lazarus and Martha.

We first encounter Mary of Bethany when Jesus and his disciples come to visit while on his journey to Jerusalem. Martha opened her home up to Jesus and that is where Mary makes her first debut. As Martha made preparation in the kitchen, Mary sat at the Lords' feet listening to what he said. Taking all of his words of wisdom in, not being distracted by the preparation of the kitchen. Martha complained to the Lord about Mary's "laziness." He answered by stating "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."(Luke 10:41)

Our second encounter of Mary is when she was in dire need of Jesus' healing touch for her brother Lazarus. When Jesus did not show up for her when she need him, Lazarus died. When Jesus finally arrived she poured her soul out to Jesus in anguish "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."(John 11:32) Jesus wept with her but after he rose Lazarus from his slumber into the arms of his sisters, Martha and Mary. Jesus' delay gave Mary and Martha the opportunity to know his character and power on a deeper level. 

Our third and last encounter of Mary, this was only six days before the Passover.Jesus once again arrived at Mary, Martha, and Lazarus' home for a dinner given in Jesus' honor. As Martha served and Lazarus reclined in a chair, Mary took a pint of expensive perfume and poured it onto Jesus' feet and wiped with her hair.The perfume filled the home. Judas, the disciple that later betrayed Jesus, scolded Mary for wasting expensive perfume rather than selling it for money. Jesus replied "Leave her alone, It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me"

Mary was an Intimacy receiver. She chose being with Jesus over doing other things. God himself created you for people-intimacy-the ability to connect with others on a deeper level. In the bible God stated "It is not good for the man to be alone"(Genesis 2:18). This scriptures applies to you too!

But remember God is a jealous God. Although he wants us to have intimate relationships with others, he also wants you to put him first place in your life.
No One can fill the hole in us like he can!
You can't replace the intimacy of God with the intimacy of someone else. Never ever think you can replace God-intimacy with people-intimacy! If you do you'll never be able to find safe intimacy with anyone.

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