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Day 4: Community is tended in the glorious middle of the mundane

 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. John 12:1-2 (NIV)

Before Lazarus was famously raised from the dead he sat with Jesus around the table. Lazarus, Martha, and Mary we’re not only Jesus’ disciples but also his friends. We do not need to complicate this invitation to tend and care for our community. Instead let us be encouraged by Jesus’ example: your table is the best place to start. That’s how Lazarus and his two sisters started. They opened their hearts, their doors, and set their table. Martha and Mary prepared their hearts differently when they were hosting Jesus on another occasion, Jesus had to ask Martha to re-examine her anxious and distracted state while Mary was found peaceful in Jesus’ presence. Yet even this encounter didn’t disqualify Martha from becoming a follower of Jesus. Instead the Lord led her to the truth of His heart. He didn’t call us to doing but to being. We are to be His disciples, we are to be present in His presence, we are to be willing to set the table simply. Today, you are also invited to be and not do. Don’t look around and get distracted by the things that seemingly need done before you open your heart and home. Instead, look deep into the eyes of Jesus as He says, “I am the best thing, and it will not be taken from you, go and bring others to sit with Me.”

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