MARY OF BETHANY
AT THE FEET OF JESUS
By Evangelist - Rev. Diana Gray O.A.+
Copyright © 2,000-2004 All Rights Reserved
PRAYER: For spiritual wisdom and guidance as we grow in His Word in a deeper understanding.
Jesus Christ brought Salvation into the world and redeemed us of our sins, but where do we go from there if not His Word the Bible? Where do we take our problems when life gets really hard? Should we pray and hope for the best? Should we do nothing because the Lord will take care of everything? OrÖ.should we humble our pride and worship at the feet of Jesus. Arenít there times when simple prayer just isnít enough when our heart is just crying out for help?
The scriptures in Godís Word the Bible, begins to show us how to live our lives. We begin to realize that if we want to grow into a deep relationship with the Lord, we have to start by taking our problems to the feet of Jesus. We should surrender everything in our lives to the feet of Jesus. He is the answer to all of our problems. Only by this kind of humility can we possibly know the Lord! (Have a deeper understanding and relationship with Him.)
Only at the feet of Jesus can we have victory and peace in our lives in the truest since of the word. This kind of worship takes a deeper commitment and Christian maturity than we possibly have ever had before. I challenge you today to grow and move deeper in your relationship with the Lord.
One of the greatest women of faith that ever lived and yet little is preached about is Mary of Bethany. Maybe in passing but not really studied to any real depth and preached in church services. Why is that when there are far more women in todayís churches than ever before? In many countries the terrible sickness of Aids and wars not to mention poverty has claimed many menís lives often leaving orphans and hurting widows behind. Families need far more compassionate messages of hope and encouragement like ďMary of Bethany at the Feet of Jesus,Ē than ever before. Why, because when we hurt we need a place to go for comfort and where else is there a better place than at the feet of our Lord!
You know women have a huge part to play in giving us balance in scripture. We need to study the whole bible and that includes sharing all of the richness and glory of it. Todayís women and girls need solid roll models to look up to, not just music or movie, or sports stars. What better roll models then the women of the Bible?
I believe young men of today would do well to study the women in the bible in order to help them choose wisely the Godly kinds of wives they will need to have to be a helpmate for life and mother to their children. Maybe then they would be able to prevent having to go through the ravages of divorce because they chose the wrong kind of woman to be married to. Beauty is only skin deep and a pure heart righteous before the Lord has gentle beauty all its own. This is true for women as well to consider looking at the condition of a manís heart rather than his outward appearance.
Women or men who are righteous before the Lord will help nurture and bring real harmony into a spouseís life. Who else would be better to teach one's children solid moral values, than a Godly woman like some of the women in the Bible or even some of the Godly men? How many women and men come out of bad homes without any real love, just abuse and violence by parents that had never been raised with any real Christian upbringing?
The Godly women in the Bible had a great deal in my upbringing and they helped taught me how to become the type of woman I am today by their Godly examples. I didnít learn what I needed to learn about raising a family from those around me but from reading and studying the women in the bible. Letís focus in on Mary of Bethany; she was a tremendous woman of faith and a few others for some Biblical enlightenment and spiritual encouragement.
Let us consider a few dynamic Biblical
women to try to understand why Mary of Bethany was so special. There
were women like Mary Magdalene, Debra, Mary the mother of two of the Apostles
of Jesus Christ not to mention His mother Mary, and Martha who were all
important, but Mary of Bethany was special in her own way.
There was Mary who raised the two Zebadees sons which grew up to become two of the chosen apostles. We also must mention the wonderful woman of faith the prophets Anna, who was ministering at the temple when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple. She had been ministering and doing the duties of Prophetess there because she was called and chosen of God. She was not just simply praying at the Temple but ministering to people there as well. All of these women were called and used of God. Each had their own ministries that were important. All of these women were strong in faith.
I want us to consider Mary of Bethany who sat at the feet of Jesus. Three times she received His praise and honor. Can any woman or man today (Be honest with yourselves) say that you truly have sat at the feet of the Master in your heart the way Mary of Bethany did? She sat with complete love and worship!
Mary of Bethany was born in a little village called Bethany and so she was given that villageís name to declare her identity or rather where she was born. Bethany was a tiny village on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, north east of Jerusalem. Mary was known as a woman of faith and a gentle loving countenance. Her demeanor was sweet and very loving. Everyone who knew her could since the love in her and desired to be around her.
If we are hurting from the trials and problems from life we need to worship at the feet of Jesus. True mature Christian worship is NOT only standing and singing Holy gospel songs and then sitting down to listen to a sermon but it is our worship from our hearts that matters. Mature worship is far more than then merely going through the act of worship but worshipping the Lord from our whole hearts as well.
You might tend to dwell upon everything you have to do when you get home as well as other things rather than the Lord. Maybe your mind tends to wander even while listening to a Godly Sermon message even though you know the Lord has a word for your life. Is there any wonder the problems overtake you and your heart hurts with fears and worries?
Only at the feet of Jesus can you truly find true mature Christian worship. A church grows on its knees in prayer at the feet of Jesus. Mary had a committed and thoughtful worshipful in her calm peaceful action. She set down an example for all of us to follow. Mary of Bethany placed her whole focus and life at the feet of Jesus. Her devotion and appropriate response is the best righteous example that we could ever have. If we would discipline ourselves to take all of our problems and trials to the feet of Jesus, how much happier we would be.
Mary of Bethany is a good example for our lives of the way we should all live not just women but men too. She found her strength and joy at the feet of Jesus. She listened to the Words of Jesus and they helped her live her life. Mary had needs to be met in her life and the scripture says that she "sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word."
Martha had needs too, but she went about fulfilling them in the wrong way. She was active and impulsive as she stressed about too many things instead of focusing in on what really mattered, her spiritual life. She was more concerned about serving the Lord than she did about sitting and listing to Him.
Martha was trying to get her needs met by serving and recognition. Her servitude or good works were not getting her anywhere. Jesus wanted her heart and her whole focus to be at the feet of the Master. She needed to get her inner spiritual needs met by knowing the Lord. All of the rest of the things would then fall into righteous place and Martha would be at peace.
How many Christians try to find their self worth fulfilled in activities and accomplishments, only to realize that nothing on this earth matters or is more important than to lead people to Jesus. We canít take any of this life with us to Heaven when we die. Do you think Marthaís clean house or any of her fussing would make a difference in Heaven? What should she have been doing if a meal needed to be fixed and she could still hear Jesus? Possibly listen quietly, absorbing every word, or better yet have her house work finished before He arrived so that she too could sit at His feet like Mary growing in His wisdom. Martha might have planned better her day.
Our self worth is really only found at the feet of Jesus. No where else can we truly find fulfillment and spiritual peace. The more we take our problems and hurts to Jesus, the more we identify with Him will we truly know righteous peace. Our whole world could feel like it was falling down around us, yet we would have fruit of the spirit JOY in our lives if we stayed and worshipped at the feet of Jesus.
Mary had such a positive and knowledgeable attitude about where her true focus should be that she had an anointing of love about her life. It just permeated the room like perfume. Anyone seeing her looking up into the face of Jesus would have been moved to the same kinds of feelings as she felt if their focus was right with God. They would have wanted to sit at His feet too.
Marthaís heart wasnít right and all she could see was the work that needed to be done. She couldnít see that Her Savior was sitting right before her. Her faith was not growing like Maryís was. She was missing the opportunity to worship at His feet too. How would you feel if you had Jesus in the physical since right before you? The greatest person of all time was in her presence and all Martha could think of was being cumbered about by many things. Where was her focus on, everywhere else but at the feet of Jesus.
Now consider this verse furtherÖÖ..Martha rebuked the Lord. If you look at the verse again Ö."dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?" Right to the Lordís face she was judging not only her sister but judging the Lord as well. Then she asked Him to make Mary get up and help her. First she rebuked Him and then asked Him to do what she wanted. Not what God wanted but what Martha wanted. Arenít we to ask the Lord for things but in His righteous will, not our own? Where was Marthaís focus?
People who have never learned to sit at the feet of Jesus will not fully understand this teaching until they learn to develop spiritual maturity. Jesus is our source of comfort and nothing else can even come close to that. We all have a little of the Martha type of spirit in us and we have to recognize that we all need to change and surrender all of our lives at the feet of Jesus. Can we be like loving Mary? Sure but we have to work at it on it. Daily we must surrender all that we have and are to the Lord. We need to sit at His feet and hear His voice through His Word. If we want to deal with the problems in our lives and have victory over them, we have to do it on our knees in surrendered prayer. We have to sit at the feet of Jesus!
Everyone has trials and troubles but with this daily surrender at the feet of Jesus, they can be withstood. Practice sitting at the feet of Jesus giving Him all of your attention and you will find the release of tensions and gain inner peace. The storm of life can be whirling around you, but you will be looking up into the face of the Lord trusting Him to take care of you.
We walk by faith and even if we canít see
the solutions to all of our problems right away, when we have sat at the
feet of Jesus, we can have that assurance, knowledge and His Holy peace
in our hearts. The Lord knows our lives and what is just around the
corner for us better than we do. Can there be anything greater in our lives
than at the feet of the Lord, sitting looking up into His face? Letís
see Jesus for what he truly is in our lives, our Lord and Savior.
Let's surrender everything we have and sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary
did. Jesus Heals the Brokenhearted and where else but at the feet
of Jesus should we take our painful problems to? Jesus Christ loves
us and can bring joy back into our lives if we keep focused upon His healing
love. May God bless your hear