Sit at the feet of Jesus
Many times during the week I am asked “Hey, how are you doing?” And too often my answer is “I’m busy…good, but busy.” I think most of us would agree that life is usually busy. We have work, school, more work, family, friends…the list goes on and at times our list of responsibilities may seem endless. We end up being pulled in all directions and stretching our attention and focus incredibly thin.
A few weeks ago in a staff meeting, Ben Schenck, our youth pastor, brought to our attention the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10. Jesus visits Martha’s house and she becomes “busy” with serving Jesus and those with him. She sees her list of responsibilities and begins to take action. Martha’s sister Mary takes a different course of action. Mary does not help serve but sits at the feet of Jesus and listens to his teaching. Martha, most likely in need of assistance serving, appeals to Jesus and says “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” Jesus’ reply to Martha speaks volumes of what he values for those who love and serve him. Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Jesus was not telling Martha that serving the guests in her household was wrong. Instead he says he wants us to stop what we’re doing, bring our focus to one place, and sit at his feet and listen to his teaching. In no way is being responsible, fulfilling our duties, and being efficient wrong. What is wrong is when our list of responsibilities, or anything for that matter, takes a front seat to worshipping God. Jesus is suggesting that in our busyness of life that we put nothing before him.
Right now, take a moment to stop and sit at the feet of Jesus. Acknowledge who God is and what he has done for you through the cross of Jesus Christ. Thank him and worship him for his goodness and grace. This Sunday we will do this together as Christ’s church. Together we stop and bring our attention to one place, Jesus. We desire Him first, remember the sacrifice at the cross, proclaim who God is, and lift his name high. Let’s focus our minds and hearts on Christ and worship him together.
Songs for Sunday, July 17, 2016:
In God We Trust
By Hillsong Worship
You Never Fail
By Hillsong Worship
In Christ Alone
By Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Arrangement by Kings Kaleidoscope
For The Cross
By Bethel Music