The One at His Feet

Michael Beck

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” (Luke 10:38,39)

The house was packed – twelve disciples, the man of the house, his two sisters – and there could have been more – neighbors, friends, etc. How noisy things must have been. Conversations left and right. One harried housekeeper, darting in and out of the crowd.

Jesus was also in the house. Maybe at first He sat alone, beholding the scene before Him, until one solitary soul came to Him, and settled down at His feet. Amidst all the commotion she had to be close enough to catch all that He said. She could have kept herself busy elsewhere. She could have engaged in conversation with another. But she knew what she wanted and needed. His words alone were life and strength to her.

There is always one thing or another calling for attention. People and things crowd our day. We gravitate toward what we feel we “have to” do. We make time for what we consider important. But do we give God the time of day? Do we recognize the value of quality time spent in His presence? Everyday we see and hear many things, but at the end of the day, have we seen His face and heard His voice?

There will always be many around Jesus. But few take the time to sit at His feet and hear His word. Will you be that one?

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.