Being a Mary (Sitting at Jesus’ Feet)

  • Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
  • John 4:23-24 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.

Martha was busy making preparations and she thought she was doing the right thing. She was so convinced of it that she asked Jesus: “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?”. Additionally she told Jesus to get Mary to help her. He knew and understood that it was better for people to feed their spirits than be concerned about feeding their stomachs. Mary had indeed chosen what was better and it would not be taken away from her. Jesus also knew that He could feed thousands with a few fish and bread.

There is a time to work and prepare but it must not be at the expense of worshiping and sitting at the Master’s feet. It is essential to spend time with God. We must feed our spirits if we are to be strong and powerful against the enemy’s schemes and make a difference in this world. In your daily life, don’t choose other activities over time with God. If so, you’ll be like Martha and you’ll be missing out on what’s best.

How to be a Mary:
  1. Make God a priority. Spend time with God daily by scheduling Him into your agenda. It’s best in the morning before the cares of life take over. Make your time with God non-negotiable. As an exception, time with God in your day can be moved but never removed.
  2. Read the Word, which enables you to feed your spirit (Matthew 4:4). It will also reveal Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit to you as well as God’s promises and who you are in Christ. Get the Word of God and His promises rooted in your heart.
  3. Spend time in prayer – just talk to Him from your heart. You should also listen to what He has to say to you. Notice that Mary listened to Jesus.
  4. Worship Him by focusing on Him and telling Him how wonderful and awesome He is. True worship is direct praise to Him to bless His heart.
  5. When distractions come (and they will), make a decision to remain at His feet. Obviously, I’m not talking emergencies or true responsibilities you can’t ignore. I’m talking about things that can wait because Jesus is more important. Jesus could have prepared the meal by multiplying the bread and the fish. Martha, like a lot of us, forgot Who was in the room.


Call to action:
For the next week, start your day with the Lord and become a Mary. Enjoy the benefits of a deeper relationship with the Lord. If you are already spending time with Him by reading His Word, by praying and worshiping, increase that time this week as an offering to Him.