Are you spending time at the feet of Jesus? Actually abiding there? If you’re like me, this month has turned into one giant “to do” list. From planning Christmas Eve services to baking dishes for all of the Holiday get-togethers, I am “doing” a lot. I guess the question becomes, “Is all of my doing keeping me from being in His presence?”

We all know the story of Mary and Martha. Jesus is coming to their home for a visit, no pressure, we’re only talking about The Lord! I’m sure Martha realized there was so much that needed to be done! Food to prepare, a house to clean; it’s not every day the Savior of the world comes to dinner! I can only imagine in the planning process, Mary was willing to help. Martha had a plan, and she felt good about it, I’m sure. The only thing is Jesus had a plan too. When He arrived Mary was drawn into being in His presence. There was so much to be done, a plan had been made, yet Mary knew there was no better place to be than at the feet of Jesus. Martha was still in “go” mode, and when she saw her sister deviating from the plan, she was not pleased.

Let’s just pause here for a minute: How many of us make a plan, a good plan, and then someone we know throws a wrench in it. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s hard to not get frustrated at that person. Now let’s put ourselves in Martha’s shoes: she was planning for The Messiah. I’m sure when she saw her sister sitting at the feet of Jesus she couldn’t see past her own frustration. I think many of us can relate to Martha. We get so busy planning, even planning for God, that we miss out on His plan for us. If I’ve learned anything as I’ve walked with the Lord, it’s that His plans are rarely my plans, they’re actually better.

Now let’s go back to Jesus. He came to their house with something for both of the women. Mary, the moment she saw Him, was open to receive Him. She knew there was no place she’d rather be than at His feet, abiding in His love. Martha, like so many of us, thought she had to make everything “just right” before she could be with Jesus. Maybe she thought if she could just do enough for Him, then she’d be worthy, or get His acceptance.

Isn’t that so much like we do today? Jesus calls us to abide in Him, in His perfect love. Yet, we busy ourselves with doing good works for Him. Mary and Martha represent our personal conflict with Jesus. There is so much to be done in our lives, and we go into “get it done” mode, and then we try to spend time with Jesus. We over serve and wonder why we feel so empty. I think we are called to serve, but not before we abide at the feet of Jesus. Our highest priority should be that time we have just “being” with our Savior. His love is unsearchable, we will never come to a place of total understanding about it, so why not spend as much time as we can basking in it. It’s from the feet of Jesus we are launched to serve in His plan for our lives.

Before we get going on all of the “to do” lists we have this Christmas, take some time being with Jesus. He is the perfection we are seeking. Time in His presence gives us the ability to go and do, and the perspective on Who we’re doing it through.

Have a blessed week. Abide in Him, it’s the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Art