Learning at His feet

I am sick and didn’t feel like I had the strength to type today, but my Bible reading this morning included the story of Martha and Mary.  Just a few moments ago, I picked up a devotional book and found the exact same scripture, so I thought I would share.  During this busy time of year, what better story to remind us of what is important than that of Martha and Mary.

This devotion comes from Wisdom for Women, by Carol L. Fitzpatrick:

A woman named Martha welcomed Him [Jesus] into her home.  And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving along?  Then tell her to help me.  Luke 10:38-40

Martha, ever the perfect hostess, was left to do all the work.  It didn’t seem fair.  However, what Martha really desired was a release from her compulsive neatness.  And that’s when the Lord presented her with a process for “chilling out.”

“‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'”  Luke 10:41-42.

In other words, all the busyness which now preoccupied Martha didn’t really matter.  Jesus was here and she was passing up a tremendous opportunity to learn from Him.

After all, who knew better than Christ how to put the pressure of life into perspective?  He had only 3 years in which to establish His ministry, train up His disciples, and present the Gospel.  Yet we see no record of Him hurrying others or running at a frantic pace.

Have you taken time to get to know your Lord?  Perhaps your life, like Martha’s is missing the best part.

Prayer:  Lord, I pray for peace today from my busy schedule so I may learn at Your knee.

Well, said, Ms. Fitzpatrick.

I am praying for each of us during this busy time of year, that we will not allow the busyness to preoccupy us from learning at the feet of Our Savior.

jamie

 

Wisdom for Women by Carol L. Fitzpatrick, 2003 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.

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Nourishment to complete the tasks

Pr. 19:27:  “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”

It is easy for us to give in to busyness in this life, especially during this season of year.  There are so many things pulling at us each day.  We have countless responsibilities.  We are asked to help with many things from those around us.  We have personal things we want to do.  There is nothing necessarily wrong with being busy.  Currently, our “Christmas break” schedule is jam-packed with things to do.

The danger; however, is neglecting the only thing that really matters:  our relationship with God.  With all the busyness, it can be easy to put aside our time with God in an effort to get done all the things that are pulling at us.

Without God, though, we can do nothing.  He is our Strength.  He is our Provider.  He is the One who guides and directs us.  He is the One who instructs us.  If we put Him first, He will help us get done all the things we need to do, or He will direct us when we need to say no to certain things.

Because it is true that when we cease listening to instruction we are more likely to stray from the words of knowledge, we must be diligent and intentional in setting aside our time for the Word of God.

If we are going to choose to say no to something, we must make sure that something is not our time with God.  Above all else, we need to continue abiding in the Vine.  We must remain attached to Him, allowing Him to nourish and enrich us.  It is only abiding in Him that brings the fruit in our lives.

John 15:6 reminds us, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered, and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

We cannot risk not abiding in Him.  Once we become unattached, we stray, and eventually fall away, being then cast out and withered.  After that, we see what happens.

It may seem like I’m being overly-dramatic, but I’ve seen it before.  Sometimes it only takes a few days for the enemy to cause us to become so distracted that we get out of the routine of making time with God our priority.  Once that takes place, we are vulnerable to his sway.  His sway will always lead us away from God.

During this season, during all the busyness, giving, and frivolity, we must protect our time with God and in His Word.  We must ensure that abiding in Him is at the top of our to-do list.  If we put Him first, all the rest will fall beautifully into place.  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Let’s remain in Him,

jamie