Sitting at the Feet of Grace

Posted: March 9, 2007 in bible, devotional, grace

I was going through some files seeing what I could toss and what I should keep. In the process I came across an article I wrote for Teenage Christian Magazine back in 1999. I was the ministerial intern at Madison Church of Christ working under my friend Jimmy Sites. So here is the article. Enjoy. Tell me what you think.

originally published in “Teenage Christian” March/April 1999 page 13

Recently I was reading the account of Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha in the gospel of Luke (10:38-42). Recall the scene in your mind. Jesus was with his disciples when Martha opened up her home to him. Remember that Mary (Martha’s sister) was sitting at the feet of Jesus, while Martha was busy worrying about the preparations.

Can you imagine? Jesus is in your home! You want everything to be perfect. You begin cleaning and there is nothing out of place. You are slaving all day long over the hot stove baking and cooking and cleaning. You then come to the realization that your sister, Mary, is in the other room just listening and talking with Jesus. You become green with envy! After all, you are the one that invited him over in the first place. You should be the one listening to his words. But no, you’re stuck in here baking while Mary is the one who is being lazy and making you do all the work. You become furious, and finally you just can’t take it anymore. You come stomping into the room where the others are and you say, “Lord! Don’t you care that Mary has left me to do all the work? Tell her to get in here and help me!”

Then Jesus says these words to her, “Martha, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen what is better.”

The only thing that matters is sitting at the feet of our Lord and learning from him and listening to him. Have you ever been guilty of being too busy to get down at the feet of our gracious Lord and learn from him? I pray that you learn what is most important and sit at his feet and not become so busy with other things that you become blind as to what is really important.

The second chapter of Philippians uses words such as encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, and compassion. Later on in verse ten, the Bible says “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

Encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, and compassion all come with bowing down at the feet of Christ. Make it your goal to take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from him. Bow down and humble yourself and realize what is most important: Jesus! I challenge you to join Mary and sit down at the feet of grace.

  1. Raskell Party of 8 says:

    Wow. How powerful. I have been wanting to read this for so long, yet never did. Now I know why! God wanted me to read at the right time. I have been so caught up in life and adoption and kids I forgot to bow down and be humbled. I am always worried about preparations and not what Jesus says is important. Thank you Lord for Daniel’s reminder!

  2. sneathspot says:

    yes, I have been too busy. Many many times. Thank you for this gentle reminder.

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