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In Luke 10:38–42, Scripture provides a unique contrast between two sisters and their individual responses to the presence of Jesus in their home. As Martha “was distracted with much serving” (v. 40), her sister Mary did the one thing most necessary—she sat at Jesus’ feet and listened. Mary understood that intimacy with Jesus was the single most important endeavor in which she could engage—the one and only pursuit that could fill the spiritual void in her soul.
Pastor Jimmy stated yesterday, “If you were to ask Jesus today, ‘What is the single most important thing I can do with my life on a daily basis?’ He would tell you in two words, ‘SIT DOWN!'” Jesus modeled intimacy with the Father unlike anyone else in history. Not only did He model it, He also offered the invitation to His disciples to enter the journey of intimacy with God—the journey of a lifetime.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28–30,
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The same invitation extends to you. Jesus wants you to learn from Him. He wants you to sit at His feet and “recover your life.” But you can’t learn when you’re too busy serving, when you’re too busy striving, when you’re too busy with the concerns and cares of life. He wants to teach you the “unforced rhythms of grace.” When you capture a taste of the sweetness of Jesus, you will begin to crave intimacy with Him like water in an arid place. Once you’ve tasted Him, nothing else will equally satisfy.
As you begin the week sitting at Jesus’ feet, use the words of “Depths” as a prayer to express your heart to Him. Imagine Jesus is sitting in the chair beside you. Perhaps you want to kneel physically on the floor and express your heart to him.
In Your presence I quiet my soul
And I hear Your voice
In my spirit I hear the sound
Of salvation’s song
I will wait in Your word, oh Lord
There Your spirit speaks
Bringing life to the weary soul
To the depths of me
I love You with all my heart
I love You with all my soul, Lord
I love You with all my strength
With all that is within me
I’ll sing cause You saved my soul
I’ll sing of Your love forever
I’ll worship with all my heart
With all that is within me
- Practically speaking, since Jesus is not physically present with you, how do you learn from Him? How can you practically walk with Him and watch how He does it?
- After spending some time sitting at Jesus’ feet, is there anything specific He is telling you? What will be your next step of obedience and follow-through?