And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus feet and heard His Word. - Luke 10:39
I would like to take a moment and tell you all that I had a very rough week. In those moments, instead of drawing near to God I draw farther from Him. Instead of knowing that He will never leave nor forsake me, I flee. I simply cannot tell you how many times I have done this and find myself begging for God to come back and I imagine Him standing there saying "I never left." While in the midst of trying to "find" God again, I was trying to get myself together without His assistance. My life is in shambles and I'm trying to fix a leak while the ceiling is collapsing all around me. When I should have been sitting at His feet.
While I was on break this week, I listened to one of my favorite worship singers, Kim Walker- Smith, preach from a place of honesty; and my spirit lead me back to Luke 10:38-42, where Jesus was invited into the home of Martha and her sister Mary. When we invite Jesus into our lives, there is no room for darkness, confusion, etc. Although at the moment it's messy, it's never to messy for Jesus. As we look at verse 40:
But Martha was cumbered (distracted) about much serving and came to Him and said "Lord, doth thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.
What is amazing about this one verse is that it may be the story of most of our lives. Here we are no different than Martha. Our home is a mess and we're trying to clean it but expect someone OTHER than Jesus to help get it together. How many of us try to make people feel sorry for us and invite them over to sit and wallow in our mess. It's like trying to put together furniture without reading the instructions.
Lets read the the last two verses that gets me:
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha thou art worried and troubled about many things. But one things is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Jesus already knew what was bothering her, all of the mess could have waited for another time. The same for all of us; instead of trying to get it done right away, be like Mary. Realize that your life is a mess. You may be having a difficult time embracing your season of singleness and your so impatient you joined a dating website; your marriage is a mess and you don't think you can hold on any longer; the baby is always crying or you may be struggling financially. Whatever it is, instead of trying to rush and figure it out, let go and let God be God. Stop focusing on the task of getting it together yourself.
Mary knew that her house was a hot mess but she sat at the feet of Jesus, because right then and there she found what no one or situation can take away, hope. Jesus is the only one who is capable of doing far above anything we can comprehend. You may feel like you have gone too far, where Jesus cannot save you. I rebuke that thought pattern right now in the name of Jesus. If you still have breath in your body you can experience His unfailing love and mercy. That thought is a lie from Satan and he will do anything to keep you bound. Life circumstances are out of our hands but you can trust God that He will not allow more on you to bear. We have to remember that although we are weak, God can make us strong.
Sit at the feet of Jesus today and lay it at His feet. Whatever you are going through. Instead of trying to figure it all out now let it go. God will give you insight of how to deal with it eventually just trust in Him today and not later.
Scriptures to study:
- Matthew 11:28
- Hebrews 11:1-3
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
- Psalm 119:59
- Revelations 3:20
- Romans 8:39
My name is Denisha Rue and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I gave my life to Christ in 2007 when I was 16 years old but I didn't truly surrender my life until 2013. Jesus has truly saved me from a life of rebellion I love Christ and my life has radically changed when I said yes to the calling. I enjoy coffee, contemporary Christian music, reading and writing.