Updated: Feb 24, 2019
Are you truly spending time sitting at his feet? I have heard Christians say they are spending time at the Lord's feet, as if it is 20 hours straight of uninterrupted time. Many even say it with a since of pride. Our time at His feet can include our morning devotional time at home, conversations with him throughout the day, sitting in the park thinking of him and just blessing his name, one-on-one time talking to him in our car, during our train rides, during conference calls with your prayer group, During your Bible reading time and more. All can be classified as spending time at his feet and all are important. So, if your super spiritual friend continues to remind you about her 20 hours straight marathon of uninterrupted time with the Lord, know that God is just as pleased that you spent those various times with him throughout the day.
Luke 10:38-42 English Standard Version (ESV)
Martha and Mary 38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
I. Luke 10:38-42 A PLACE OF STILLNESS
(Ill. The context of the story. Martha opened her home to Jesus and did her best to be a good hostess. Mary, on the other had, opened her heart to Jesus and tried her best just to love the Lord and listen. Too often, we are more like Martha than like Mary. In our zeal to serve the Lord, we wind up ignoring Him! While Martha labored, Mary listened. She found a place of stillness at the feet of Jesus.)
1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
When we come into His presence, (i.e., in prayer, Bible reading, worship, etc.), the burdens of life tend to grow amazingly light. It would do many Christians good to learn to sit in His presence and forget about the cares of the world. Learn to love the Lord more than your worries and you will be able to find that calm place in His blessed presence. (Ill. When we focus our attention on Him, other things tend to become very dim - Phil. 4:6-9)
So, if you had to score yourself on not the "quanity" of time you spend with God daily, but the "quality" of the time you spend daily, what would it be?
Score from 1 - 10. A score of 10 being the best score _______
I once read a good book by Joanna Weaver, who is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.
Now write some things you can do to improve it no matter what you scored yourself?
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