As a small child, I remember sitting at my grandmother’s feet as she would sing songs to me…. What precious memories. I likewise remember my own children sitting at my feet. When they were small, they would sit on my feet, grab a hold of my leg, and I would walk with them on my feet, again….Precious memories.
There are precious moments that we can share with our Lord as we learn to sit at the feet of Jesus.
Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
We read here that Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus. She was listening closely as He taught and she was eager to hear what He had to say. As she sat at His feet, she expressed her great affection for Christ as she sat in humility paying close attention as He spoke.
Her sister Martha, became agitated and perhaps even jealous of her sister and went to Christ to share her discontent. Martha was busy preparing supper, cleaning the house, entertaining Jesus and the disciples while Mary sat our Lord’s feet. Martha was spending so much time preparing her home and serving that she had no time to stop what she was doing and partake of the blessings that Jesus was sharing. The harder that she worked the more frustrated she became with her sister as she sat at the Master’s feet. Many times we are also too preoccupied with going about our business that we ourselves forget to take the time to stop and rest at our Lord’s feet. Our highest and first priority should always be our personal relationship with Christ.
If anything occupies our time to the point that it takes away from our relationship with our Lord that activity is not of the Lord. God will never ask us to doing anything that subtracts from our relationship with Him. There are many within the Body of Christ that hurry here and there always working within the kingdom that never stop and take the time for one-on-one time with their Creator, which in turn hinders their relationship with the Almighty.
There will be times as we walk with God that carrying out the Father’s business will be the best way to know and experience God. Many times though we will find to develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him full of intimacy, hope and promise, we must stop what we are doing and rest quietly at the feet of Jesus as He shares His glory with us.
He does not wish for us to rest continuously at His feet, as doing so would result in a neglect of our duty to Him as believers. Neither does He wish us to serve Him non-stop without stopping to take the time to worship and share intimacy sitting at His feet partaking of His righteousness, resting in Him, finding healing for our souls as we bask in His presence.
There are some who will become jealous within the Body if we do not seem to meet up to their standards and seem busy enough about doing God’s work in their opinion. In fact there are some that believe that in their works they will find justification for their sins.
We read in Ephesians 2:8- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
God’s grace in Christ Jesus is a gift to all of us. There is no amount of work that we can do to earn salvation, It is a free gift and gives all the glory to the grace of God; Salvation is not of ourselves; it is not of our exploits, it is nothing we can earn, it is not of our desiring or of our deserving, nor of our performing, but is the free grace of God and God alone.
James 2:24, 26 also tells us You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
What God’s word is saying here we should have more than just a mere profession of faith. Even the best of a persons works and efforts are imperfect, and cannot justify us or find righteousness in the sight of God, and are unprofitable in this respect. We are called to work in His kingdom and to perform as best we can when about our Masters business, as there is our duty in Christ. But we need to be always reminded that all our efforts cannot justify us from the sin we have committed. Justification from sin by works and efforts at our hands would frustrate the grace of God, make void the death of Christ, and encourage vanity and boasting in the flesh. Works without faith is in itself a dead and lifeless one.
There is a faith that we can share as we learn to stop, rest and take a moment to sit at Jesus’ feet. Let us be reminded as we go about our daily hurry and busy routine to stop and rest in His presence. This will work in us a true and deeper faith, which has Jesus at the core, wrapping us in His righteousness. Sitting at His feet will develop in us spiritual maturity and will produce in us works of love, bringing us peace, joy, and comfort to our spirit and soul. As we rest in His presence and sit as His feet, we will be able to say to ourselves…..Precious memories.