Luke 10:38 - 42 (Berean Study Bible)
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
What makes you stronger in your spiritual walk: spending time with Christ, or thinking about spending time with Christ?
While the question is particularly tongue in cheek, it is a poignant reminder that many of us ‘put off’ spending time with Christ until a time that’s more convenient for us. We rationalize this by making all manner of excuses. From ‘I can’t get up that early’ to ‘I’m just too tired tonight,’ we slowly push God and our time with Him out of the daily picture.
This is a cycle that was noted in the Bible thousands of years ago. Martha, the sister of Mary, was busily preparing a meal for Jesus and His followers. The book of Luke notes that she was ‘distracted with much serving,’ while her sister Mary spent her time sitting at the Lord’s feet listening to His teachings. In time, Martha began to get upset. She had been watching her sister sitting around and not helping her for what was likely several hours, and she had enough. “‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?,’” she asked. “Tell her then to help me.’” Many of us are sympathetic to Martha’s plight, and understand where she is coming from. After all, she was the one doing all the work! But this is not the way Jesus interprets the situation. He responded to Martha by making a gentle reply: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
It can be easy to put off the still and quiet place, even when we consciously make an effort. We often allow our loud, busy lives to overrun and overrule our daily walk. With this in mind, how can we draw close and sit at the feet of Jesus today?
Give Our Day To The Lord: Wake up with the intention of sitting at His feet today. Carve out time at a specific location or area in which to spend your quiet time.
Write Our Tasks: Write down what tasks you need to complete today, then give them to the Lord.
Memorize The Scriptures: Choose one verse a week to commit to your heart.
Pray Continuously: Say prayers often and completely. Driving in the car, sitting on your lunch break, and rising or entering bed are all great times to rejoice and sit at His feet
Give Him Space To Talk: Do not spend so much time running and doing that you cannot sit and listen to the response of the Lord. Active listening involves two parts hearing and one part clarifying responses. Sit at His feet and listen today!
While it may not always feel ‘right,’ ‘convenient,’ or ‘necessary’ to sit at the feet of Jesus today, remember that our time is not His time. Luke 10 clearly tells us that “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Let us strive to choose the ‘good portion’ every day!
Which of the Biblical women are you most like: Mary, or Martha? What steps can you take today to grow closer to God? Remember, sitting at the feet of Jesus is not just another task or item to check off the list. It is a wonderful opportunity to reside in the love of Christ!
Joshua 1:9 (New English Standard Version)
5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
James 1:22 (Berean Study Bible)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.