AT THE FEET OF JESUS

Dear brothers and sisters, greetings to you all in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ who alone is worthy of all praise and honour. We are going to meditate on the topic “At the feet of Jesus”. In Luke 10: 37-42, we read about two sisters named Martha and Mary,” 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.”

Martha is the one who opened the house for Jesus; she was busy in serving and got totally distracted or unfocussed from Jesus. But Mary decided to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him. Yes, dear brothers and sisters, sometimes we are so busy in doing things for Jesus than trying to be with Jesus. Being with Jesus is more important than doing many things for Jesus. We can go to church and can get actively involved in all kinds of ministry, but if we do not take time to sit at the feet of Jesus, we all will get tired one day and start to complain like Martha. This is because we fail to have regular fellowship with Jesus by sitting at His feet, listening to His word and feeding our soul. That’s what Jesus says in Mathew 4:4,” It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” We often say excuses that we are very busy with our job, minding kids, doing this and have no time for God. We may have all the physical comforts that the world could offer but in due course of time our inner man will die without spiritual food and we will be spiritually dead which we often phrase as ‘backsliding’. Dear brothers and sisters we need to try and take some regular quite time despite of our busy schedule, sitting at the Lord’s feet, meditating on His word, listening to His voice and praying for others and ourselves. Jesus says in Mathew 6:33,” ... seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The bible portrays Mary as a good example for all of us to follow in seeking God rather than worrying about the things of the world.

Secondly, we see in Luke 10:40 that Martha even felt that Jesus did not care about her. “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!” This is what happens when we give way to all worries in our life, we will come to the conclusion that even God does not care about us. That is not true. Jesus says in Mathew 11:28,” “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. He does cares about us; it is we who get so focussed on the problems of our lives and forget that we have a Saviour who is always available to carry all our burdens if we cast them on Him. When we keep focusing on the problems of our lives, they will look so big that we often tend to forget that we have a God who is bigger than all our problems, worries and cares. I Peter 5:7 says,” Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. Moreover, Psalm 55:22 says,” Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken”. Let us learn to sit at the feet of Jesus in stillness, casting all our cares and burdens on Him. Jesus was physically present in the house of Martha and Mary.  It was their choices that made the difference. The same will apply to all of us. He is always there in our lives, it is up to us to choose either to sit at His feet and cast all our worries or to focus on the problems and keep on worrying.

Thirdly, in Luke 10:41-42, Jesus says to Martha, that she is worried and upset about so many things but there is only one thing that is needed that is what Mary has chosen, it is the feet of Jesus. He is the only one we all need dear brothers and sisters. All the things in this world will pass away: our loved ones, our wealth, our degrees, our fame, our talents and so on. He is our good portion and will never be taken away from us. That’s what the Psalmist says in Psalm 73:26,” My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”. Yes, dear brothers and sisters He is our strength and our portion forever. Nothing in the world can separate us from Him and His love. Let us proclaim along with Apostle Paul as he writes to the Romans in chapter 8:35,” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Dear brothers and sisters, it does not mean that Martha did not love Jesus; she was more worried about serving the Lord. It is good to serve the Lord but at the same time we need to spent time with the Lord, being still and loving Him more than any other. It should be the balance of both. When we love the Lord more, we will be able to serve the Lord much better without murmuring. Jesus says in Mathew 22:37,”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Mary knew the importance of sitting at the feet of Jesus in her life. This Mary, sister of Martha is mentioned three times in the gospel. It is interesting to notice that all the three times she is mentioned, we can see her at the feet of Jesus. In John 11:32,” When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”Martha and Mary’s bother Lazarus died. Jesus knew about it earlier but delayed Himself so that the glory of God may be revealed. When Jesus came to Bethany, Martha was the first to see Jesus, later when she informed Mary that Jesus has come and was looking for her. She ran and fell at His feet and started weeping. When she and others with her started weeping Jesus was so deeply moved that the bible records in John 11: 35 that “Jesus wept”. Look at the love of Jesus. Mary knew her Saviour and her God.  She knew where to pour out her heart. Yes, dear brothers and sisters, the best place to pour our hearts during the times of trouble is the feet of Jesus. Psalm 62:8 says,” Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge”.  No one understands our pain like Jesus and also no one can comfort us like Him. He comforts us as a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:33) and He will never leave us as orphans. Jesus saw their tears and raised Lazarus from the dead and God was glorified.

Lastly, we see about her in John 12:1-3,”Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took about a pintof pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume”. It was a thanksgiving event; Martha was busy as usual serving everyone. Mary was again at the feet of Jesus and did an extraordinary act foretelling the death and resurrection of Jesus. May be she knew that Jesus is going to die in few days time. This can be seen as an act of worship thanking Jesus for all the goodness to her and her family. She poured an expensive perfume, which is thought to a year’s wage at the feet of Jesus and wiped it with her hair. Paul says in, I Corinthians 11:15,”... if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering”. She glorifies Jesus above everything in her life and was willing to give her best to Jesus. Are we willing to give our best to Jesus like what Mary did? David says in II Samuel 24:24,” ...I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” That which cost’s nothing worth nothing. God gave His only begotten Son as an eternal sacrifice for all our sins (John 3:16) and Christ gave Himself for us (Romans 5:8). God will not accept in worship and service that which has cost nothing.

Dear brothers and sisters, the lives of these two women leave us a great lesson to learn. Let us love the Lord like Mary and serve the Lord like Martha. Let us not allow the worries of the world overcome us rather let us choose to be at the Lord’s feet in stillness, casting all our burdens and worshipping Him by giving the best in our lives.

God bless us all.

Your brother in Christ

Anto Ajithpaul.