Summary: Picture # 13 in series: The 14 Candid Snapshots of the Maturing Christian as found in the Gospel of John. A picture of the maturing Christian’s worship, fellowship & service. Mary, Martha and Lazarus.

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Picture # 13: Worship, Fellowship, & Service

John 12:1-11

The number 3 is a divine number.

Six days before the Passover, Jesus ate a meal with Mary, Martha and Lazarus (again a divine number of people).


A picture of pure worship is the picture of Mary wiping the feet of Jesus with her hair.

Worship must be learned; we do not automatically know how to worship.

Worship is like honey in that you cannot tell another how sweet honey is until he or she experiences the sweet taste for themselves.

When Mary brought her offering to Jesus, her offering was the equivalent of about one year’s salary, and she poured it upon Jesus.

Mary’s offering was very precious to her.

Mary was always at our Lord’s feet.

In Luke 10:38-42, she sat at Jesus’ feet to hear Him teach.

In John 11:32, Mary knelt at the feet of Jesus in sorrow over the death of her brother Lazarus.

Here, in John Chapter 12, Mary is again at Jesus’ feet with her offering of perfume, wiping the feet of Christ with her hair.

What a wonderful place to be found - at the feet of Jesus.

Have you been there lately?

Have you given anything to the Lord recently that really cost you something?

Jesus wants to use for His purposes whatever you own and are willing to lay at His feet.

Most people would have just dipped their finger in the perfume and dabbed a little bit of it on Jesus, but Mary gave all that she had, the entire alabaster jar of pure spikenard ointment (a pound), and the entire house was filled with the odor of the ointment (Greek).

A God honoring offering is not only precious to the one giving it, but it’s pleasant to others, as the whole house was filled with the fragrance.

Your gifts to the Lord Jesus have the ability to have an effect upon other people too.

An offering that honors the Lord Jesus Christ must be something precious and dear to us.

Jesus never once refused worship of Himself while He was here on earth.

Worship is not an intellectual act, but instead is a spiritual act, and an attitude of the heart.


A picture of pure service is seen in this picture of Martha.

Martha let her hot biscuits and fried chicken do the talking for her as she worshiped the Lord with her service.

When a person is blessed by God, he or she will worship the Lord in some form of service.

We must learn how to serve Jesus, we do not automatically know how to serve.

There are many different and unique ways to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and the believer must learn to serve in the area of his or her calling.


A picture of pure fellowship is the picture of Lazarus in fellowship with Jesus.

We must learn to have fellowship with Jesus, we do not automatically know how to have fellowship.

Lazarus is the same man who had been dead for 4 days.

Martha said that Lazarus was not only dead, but he stinketh.

When our sin no longer stinketh before the nostrils of God we are then able to have sweet fellowship with Jesus.

Fellowship with Jesus is only possible by recognizing the weapons of our spiritual warfare that are provided to us by the power of God (Proverbs 25:28).

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