To Sit At His Feet

Jesus comes to hang out at the house of Mary and Martha.

How many times have you had fellowship with others and someone gets rattled because they feel they are doing more than someone else? Why? Or how many people do you know that try to impress you with their works? I am around people like this all the time. It’s very annoying. There are some people who I know that are involved in church works and seem to make it a constant effort to inform me of their latest achievement, as if I am God, and I am constantly perplexed by this whole thing. It happens with every encounter. I don’t inform them, every time I pray with someone, or witness to a person of the Lords love which should be our lifestyle in action, but it seems that this is what these people do for a living. They take people to church and tell me about it, as if I am the scorekeeper.

Now Martha was busy cleaning while Jesus was visiting and Mary knew this was a moment that could be captured or lost eternally. She chose to sit at His feet and listen to every word that came from his mouth. The very mouth of God. Who would want to do works of the flesh when you could listen to God speak? But this is exactly what was happening at that moment and the reason for Martha’s irritation with Mary. But Jesus spoke and broke the spell over Martha.” As Martha was worried and upset in all her preparations and it states that she was distracted from what was important, meaning the presence of the Lord, she actually told Jesus to address Mary’s refusal to help her.”Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

It was at this point that Jesus responded “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 10:38-41)

When I was a young girl, I would go to visit my father and I didn’t know why I would always do this, but I would crouch beside his chair. He would watch his tv shows and people would come and go into his home and I felt a sense of protection in that place. I knew he was my father even though he didn’t live with me any longer, but this was a place  of comfort and security for me. To go into his kitchen and busy myself would have been awkward, although I did help, I would rather have chosen to be at his side. It was time that I would have never been able to recover, as I later found was cut very short and as the Lord was also trying to convey in His own short life, of 33 years, every minute on this earth and every word spoken would hold extreme eternal value, as we can see even now. And this is why He spoke this to Martha, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” He knew every minute counted. He knew the dirty dishes did not. He knew to face the cross, that the floors would still be dirty. The churches will fold and church leaders would still be corrupted by wealth, but the true church would be unfolding the day He resurrected and nothing could stop it! He was trying to tell Martha that all faith, based on works…is dead.

 This is why, Mary’s choice,  was the better choice. She was feeding her spirit, not her flesh.”For man does not live by bread alone, but by every WORD that proceeds from the MOUTH of GOD!.”  She was hearing the voice of the Savior!

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