Mary and Martha were still concerned with earthly things when they spoke to Jesus about their brother’s death. Though different, the discussion had much the same tone as the disciples discussing the status or position each would have in Christ’s coming kingdom. All these individuals were concerned with temporal or earthly things.
This illustrates why Jesus had to reveal His resurrection power, or more to the point, His Father’s resurrection power. It is significant that the Father raised up Jesus from the dead noting that Jesus did not raise Himself. Is it any different today? When listening to prayer requests one can still hear the tone of the two sisters of Lazarus saying “if you had been here, this illness would not have killed my brother.”
God is ever present, never is He unaware or unconcerned. He is in every situation in which we are involved. Our heavenly Father knows and enters into our every need. He takes care of me as His child even if I don’t invite Him into every situation. Don’t get me wrong here – our Father desires to hear from us as we thank Him for being in the midst of our trouble, He desires to hear of our confidence in our knowing that He is with us and will bring about what is best for us.
In today’s “churchanity” and its prevalent teachings we often hear that our heavenly Father needs to be coaxed into being with us as we enter into the very thing we believe He told us or led us to do. Again, God desires to see our confidence in Him while not demanding that things go according to our own design or gain an outcome of our choosing.
Our first birth set us on a path of self-will and self-idolatry – a predisposition from which we depart only through rebirth. No person likes to admit to self-worship (aptly know as idolatry). But the unpleasantness of admission does not change the facts. Self-worship is part of our first birth!