Christian Home Week Fall 2013, Monday

At the feet of Jesus


An interesting study is one of Mary and Martha. Mary is frequently pictured at the feet of Jesus, while Martha is shown as busily working. John identified Mary in verse 2 to the future event when Mary would wash the Master’s feet. There was another time when Mary was at the feet of Jesus…

Read Luke 10:38-42. Which does Jesus say is more important, hearing from Him or doing for Him?

Which of the following is true?
A) Serving God is bad
B) Business can distract us from hearing from God
C) People should only listen to God.

While both serving God and listening to God are both important, oftentimes we want to work for God rather than taking the time to listen to Him.

In John 11:21and 32, both Mary and Martha said the same thing. It is likely that they had been complaining about Jesus’ delay. Martha “the doer” went to talk to Jesus. Verse 20 says, “But Mary stayed seated in the house.” Describe the emotions that Mary must have felt?

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Mary did not go out to meet Jesus. It wasn’t until He called for her did she go out. Mary’s complaint also indicates that she may have come to the end of her faith. While Martha professed her faith in verse 22, Mary’s grief led Jesus to groan, weep and be troubled. If Jesus knew Lazarus was going to rise again, why did He weep by what He saw?

If Jesus was able to weep, surely God understands that we too will mourn when we lose a loved one in death, even though we know they are in heaven. Jesus says clearly in verse 25 that He is the Resurrection and the Life and that faith in Him is all we need to have life after death.

Read 1 John 5:13. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
What is it that gives the Christian the confident assurance that he or she is going to heaven?
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If you have come to the end of your faith, as Mary may have been, there is only one place to go. Fall down at the feet of Jesus. It was at His feet we learned of faith. At His feet is where we declare our love, as Mary will do in the following chapter. And it is at His feet where we fall when we have nowhere else to turn.

It’s one thing to profess your faith in Christ. But as Martha found, it is another thing when Jesus tells us to move the stone. Has God ever asked you to put your faith in action and actually do something for Him that might raise a stink? If you want to see the glory of God, move that stone!



Pray This Prayer To God:“Dear Jesus, like Mary I fall at your feet today and seek to do your will. Be glorified in my life today. Help me trust when I have little faith and help me in my unbelief. Amen”

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