What do you do first thing in the morning? Do you pour yourself a cup of coffee in your attempt to fully awaken? Do you take a shower? Do you turn on the television to check the morning news or open up your newspaper? Do you get on your computer?
I want to challenge you to spend time at the feet of Jesus. You may know the story of two sisters; Mary and Martha.
Acts 10: 38-42 says:
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 all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, "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."
I'm in the midst of a Bible study called "A Heart that Dances" by Catherine Martin. She wrote about the culture of the day when the above passage occurred.
Disciples sat at the feet of their teachers. I think of the children in our Pre-K 3 class who sit and listen to their teachers. (Well, they listen most of the time.) In those days, the role of disciple wasn't open to women. It would shock Hebrew men if a woman assumed the position of a disciple. And yet, it says Mary sat the Lord's feet listening to what He said. She soaked in His teaching. This was radical at that time.
Martha was upset that her sister wasn't helping her with the preparations. After all, these were the things a good hostess would do, right? Of course, she complained to Jesus.
And how did Jesus answer Martha?
Jesus answered her with love. "Martha, Martha". He repeated her name. He was able to see into her heart. He knew she had a beautiful gift of hospitality. But He assessed Martha's condition of being worried and upset about many things. She had a priority of serving others. That may seem like a good priority. But it was distracting her from the priority of sitting at the feet of Jesus to listen and learn.
Jesus challenged Martha. Mary didn't reject being hospitable. But she chose Jesus as her priority. And that was the best priority.
So, now it's your turn.
What will you choose as your priority?
Each day you and I have a choice to make. Of course, we also have many responsibilities. After all, we may have families, children who need help, homes to keep orderly, meals to prepare, getting ready for work. But will you choose to begin each day sitting at the feet of Jesus to listen, learn and obey?
- Set your alarm clock thirty minutes earlier.
- Arrange your Bible, journal and pen in the place you want to study.
- Get the coffee ready to brew the night before.
I'm linking up with Kim for Morning Moments.
I'm also linking up with Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.
The Beauty in His Grip.
Blessings and love,