by Pastor Greg Laurie
At the Feet of Jesus
" 'Martha, you are so upset. . . . There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it. . . . ' " Luke 10:41-42
I once read about a life-sized granite sculpture of Jesus by a Danish artist named Thors Walden. Walden sculpted the body of Christ in such a way that you can't see His face from a standing position. Next to the statute, however, is a sign that reads, "If you want to see the face of Jesus, you must sit at His feet." Sure enough, if you get down at the foot of the statue, you can look up and clearly see the face of Jesus.
There is a great spiritual truth here. If you want to see the face of Jesus, you must sit at His feet. Mary of Bethany illustrated this when the Lord visited Mary and her sister, Martha. While Martha was in the kitchen busily preparing a meal for Jesus, Mary wisely recognized that this was a unique opportunity. Instead of helping her sister in the kitchen, she sat at Jesus' feet to drink in His every word. Meanwhile, Martha grew increasingly frustrated, because there was so much work to accomplish. She finally stormed out and said, "Lord, doesn't it seem unfair. . . . Tell her to come and help me . . ." (Luke 10:40). Jesus simply replied, "Martha, you are so upset. . . . There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it . . . " (verses 41-42).
The moral of the story is that we need to recognize there is a time to work and there is a time to worship. There is a time to be active for the Lord and there is a time to sit at His feet. Have you become so enamored with the tasks of daily life that you have forgotten to make time to sit at Jesus' feet? Take the time, because if you want to see the face of Jesus, then you must sit at His feet.
Copyright (c) 2004 by Harvest Ministries.
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