The story of Mary and Martha is one of my favorites. It’s in Luke 10:38-42, and it shows us how we need to take time to sit at the feet of Jesus.
Sit At The Feet Of Jesus
In Luke 10:38-42, we find the story of Mary and Martha.
Mary and Martha were sisters who lived in the same town as Jesus. Mary was the younger sister, and she sat at the feet of Jesus. Martha was busy with her chores but she still had time to let Jesus know that she needed him.
The Bible says that “Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came up to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me by myself to do all these things? Tell her to help me!’ But the Lord answered her surly: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said,’you are worried about so many things; there is only one thing really worth caring about! And Mary has chosen it for herself—the good part'” (Luke 10:38-42).
Jesus was visiting their home, and Martha was concerned with feeding Him.
You’ll remember that Martha was the sister of Lazarus, who Jesus raised from the dead. She had been so impressed with what Jesus did for her brother that she went to tell others about it. When Jesus came to their home in Bethany, Martha served Him a meal and sat down with Him (Luke 10:38-42). But then she became worried because Mary sat down at His feet and listened attentively while He spoke.
Martha didn’t want Mary’s attention diverted from what she was doing—serving food and washing feet. In fact, when Jesus asked Martha if Mary had chosen the better part (Luke 10:42), Martha said yes!
But I don’t think this means that one sister chose an inferior role or lesser time with Jesus than another sibling did. It probably means that each sister wanted to serve Him in different ways—and both were doing exactly what He wanted them to do!
She was so busy that she forgot Jesus was in her house.
Martha was so busy that she forgot Jesus was in her house. She was too busy with her daily tasks to stop and listen. In fact, she didn’t even realize that Mary had left until it was too late!
Mary, on the other hand, sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His words. She did not worry about cooking or cleaning – instead of worrying about those things, Mary chose to pay attention when someone important came into her home. She did not worry about serving them food or bringing them anything else; she simply sat at Jesus’ feet and listened attentively.
Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to His words.
One of the most famous stories from the Gospels is that of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His words. This story tells us quite a bit about Mary, who she was and what she did.
What are you doing in life?
In this world of busyness and stress, it is important that we take time to rest. We need to be still, so that we can hear Jesus’ voice and know what he wants us to do.
In Matthew 11:29-30, Jesus says: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We need to sit at the feet of Jesus so that he can teach us how to live.
Are you worried about your job, bills and financial situation?
Okay, so you’re having a bad day. You wake up with the flu and your boss calls to say that the project you’ve been working on for months is due in five days and you haven’t even started it yet.
You’re worried about your job, bills and financial situation. You’re worried about not being able to pay rent or buy groceries this month.
Now before you go getting all worked up over things you can’t control or change, let me remind you of some simple truths:
- God is sovereign over His creation (Job 38:1-42). Everything happens according to His plan (John 19:30). Nothing happens apart from His knowledge and permission (Acts 4:27-28; John 6:63). He knows what will happen before it happens! So whether it’s good or bad news coming your way today—whether it affects your career or personal life—God has already seen into tomorrow’s headlines and decided what’s best for each person involved. He knows exactly how much money we need today as well as tomorrow! So there’s no need to worry about anything because everything is under control!
Maybe you’re worried about your health or your children? Are you worried about this time in America? Maybe you’re worried about the election?
The Bible says that we can be assured that Jesus is the answer to all of our needs. As a matter of fact, Jesus is the only answer to all of our needs. He meets us right where we’re at, even when we don’t know what else to do or how to handle life’s challenges.
Maybe you’re worried about your health or your children? Are you worried about this time in America? Maybe you’re worried about the election? Whatever it is, Jesus is there for us and will give us peace and comfort as we trust Him with every detail of our lives.
We need to take time to sit at the feet of Jesus, listen to His voice and rest in Him.
It’s time to stop looking at all the things that have gone wrong and start looking to Jesus as your solution. He is the ultimate source of peace, comfort and strength.
He is the ultimate source of all good things. He is also:
- The ultimate source of every good thing we could ever want or need (Philippians 4:19)
- The only acceptable object of worship (John 4:23-24)
When we sit at the feet of Jesus, all our needs will be met.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus is a powerful metaphor. When we sit at Jesus’ feet, we are literally sitting where he sat when he was teaching his disciples. We are learning from him and receiving guidance for our lives. The Bible says that when we do this, all our needs will be met (Matthew 6:33).
When you sit at Jesus’ feet, all your needs will be met because you are receiving from him what only he can give: grace, mercy and love (Psalm 84:11). Your life will change as you learn from him how to live in light of eternity – even though there is still much to be done in this world before Christ returns (1 Corinthians 15:51-58).
In closing, we are reminded that when we sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His voice, all our needs will be met.