Joy in the Presence of the Lord

January 16, 2013 | Tags: ,

While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.”

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

We live in an action-oriented culture. We are a doing people. We make to-do lists and check them off. When we do things, we feel like we’ve accomplished something, and that makes us feel good. It gives us a sense of accomplishment.

Look at the difference between Martha and Mary and how the Lord responded to each woman. “Martha was distracted by her many tasks. Mary…sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said.” Jesus said Mary had made the right choice.

Jesus doesn’t want us to do things for Him. He wants us. He wants us to just rest and enjoy sitting at His feet, listening to Him. Does that mean He wants us to be lazy and do nothing? Not at all. But when we get our priorities straight, putting time with Him first, just sitting and listening, delighting in His presence, He will then carry us through the day to do the things He wants us to do. And when we do things in His way, in His order, we feel that peace that we followed what He wanted us to do, not what we thought we had to do.

When Martha tried to do things her way instead of sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening, Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things.” In using her name twice like He did, He was saying, “Martha, my Beloved, I delight in you and know you so well. I know you are upset and worried about many things. Come to Me instead and sit at my feet and listen. When you do, your worries will no longer be there, because you will feel peace and joy just resting in My presence.”

I have asked one thing from the Lord;
it is what I desire:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
gazing on the beauty of the Lord
and seeking Him in His temple.

Psalm 27:4

By Courtney Silberman

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