Luke 10:39, 40 - Sitting at the Feet of Jesus.

Luke 10:39, 40 (NKJV) And she had a sister 
called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard 
His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much 
serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do 
You not care that my sister has left me to serve 
alone? Therefore tell her to help me." 

Luke 10:39, 40 (NIV) She had a sister called 
Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what 
he said. 40 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!" 

Luke 10:39, 40 (NLT) Her sister, Mary, sat 
at the Lords feet, listening to what he 
taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big 
dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and 
said, Lord, doesnt it seem unfair to you 
that my sister just sits here while I do all the 
work? Tell her to come and help me. 


   In 2013, Time magazine published a list 
of the 100 most significant figures in world 
history. And who was number one on the list? It was 
   This is nothing new, by the way. Jesus 
was popular in the first century as well, 
especially after He raised Lazarus from the dead. 
Wherever He went, crowds of people thronged Him. 
   Matthew 13 tells us that large crowds 
gathered to Jesus, so He got into a boat and sat down 
while the whole crowd stood on the shore. We also 
read in Luke 12:1 that so many people gathered 
together to hear Jesus, they were stepping on each 
   And John 12 says that when people learned 
that Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Mary, 
Martha, and their brother, Lazarus, they flocked 
to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man 
Jesus had raised from the dead (verse 9 NLT). 
   So Jesus was very popular. The problem 
was that His popularity would be short-lived. 
The same people who were singing His praises 
soon would be shouting for His crucifixion. 
Thats because they never really understood His 
real mission. Even His own hand-picked disciples 
didnt fully get it until He died and rose from the 
   But there was one exception, someone who 
seemed to get what everyone else missed. Her name 
was Mary, and she was the sister of Martha and 
Lazarus. Its worth noting that every time we read 
of her in the Bible, shes sitting at the 
feet of Jesus. 
   So what does it mean today to sit at 
Jesuss feet? It means that we spend time in the 
presence of God. Just as Mary took time to listen to 
Jesus, we should give great attention to the Word 
of God and hear what it has to say. And when 
you sit at Jesuss feet, youll be energized 
to serve Him. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   In today's Scripture, we read, "Martha 
was distracted by all the preparations that had 
to be made." Martha was on the right path, even 
with her "much serving," as the King James 
Version puts it. Martha dearly loved the Lord Jesus, 
and she isn't to be chided for rolling up her 
sleeves to prepare a special meal for Him and His 
disciples. The problem was her focus. It wasn't that 
she was too busy or planned too many menu items. 
Martha simply allowed those things to distract her 
from the true focus - the Savior. She lost joy in 
her labor, gladness in ministering to her Lord, 
and delight in exercising her God-given gifts. A 
complaining spirit took over as she focused on her 
sister, Mary, along with all the pots and pans!  
   It takes great spiritual discipline, as 
well as consuming adoration for the Savior, to 
not become weighed down and distracted by the 
hard work of energetic service. Don't shrink from 
serving the Lord today; just be certain to keep 
Jesus and His glory as your goal.  
   Lord Jesus, may Your Spirit convict me if 
I become sidetracked by the demands of my 
Christian service, whether at home, work, or church. 
May You and my intimate walk with You always be 
my focus. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni 
Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 

   Martha loved Jesus dearly and would have 
done anything for Him. Her struggle came in being 
still! Martha spent so much time serving Jesus that 
she had no time to enjoy His company or to get 
to know Him better. The harder Martha worked, 
the more frustrated she became with her sister 
Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus feet while 
Martha scurried around the house to make sure 
everything was in perfect order for Jesus. Marthas 
service, though it started out with gladness, 
deteriorated into resentment and envy. 
   It is good to want to serve Christ as an 
expression of love for what He has done for you. Yet 
when your activity consumes your time and 
energies so that you have no time for Him, you have 
become too busy! You may think, as Martha did, that 
if you dont do the work, it wont get 
done. That may be true, but Jesus taught that your 
highest priority must be your relationship with Him. 
If anything detracts you from that 
relationship, that activity is not from God. God will not 
ask you to do something that hinders your 
relationship with Christ. At times, serving God and 
carrying out His mission is the best way to know and 
experience God. At other times, it is more important to 
sit quietly at His feet and listen to what He is 
   We are not called to continually sit at 
the feet of Jesus, otherwise our service for Him 
would cease. Neither are we called to serve Him 
incessantly, without taking time to find restoration in 
His presence. Have you been serving God so 
diligently that you have not had time to spend with 
Him? [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and 
Richard Blackaby re Luke 10:40] 


The cause of Christ needs careful, energetic 
workers. There is a wide field for the Marthas, with 
their zeal in active religious work. But let them 
first sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus. Let 
diligence, promptness, and energy be sanctified by the 
grace of Christ; then the life will be an 
unconquerable power for good.  DA525, 6 [Remnant SB] 

How many of us are "Martha" today?  We hurry 
and scurry, doing all the needed errands and 
tasks, and miss or neglect the most important thing 
in our life: deepening our relationship with 
Jesus Christ!  Are you a "Martha"? [In His Time; 
Walk With Wisdom] 


Relax in My healing presence. As you spend 
time with Me, your thoughts tend to jump ahead to 
today's plans and problems. Bring your mind back to 
Me for refreshment and renewal. Let the Light 
of My Presence soak into you, as you focus your 
thoughts on Me. Thus I equip you to face whatever the 
day brings. This sacrifice of time pleases Me 
and strengthens you. Do not skimp on our time 
together. Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be 
done. You have chosen what is better, and it will 
not be taken away from you. (Psa. 105:4; Luke 
10:39-42) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Let the dew of My presence refresh your 
mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your 
attention in this complex world of instant 
communication. The world has changed enormously since I 
first gave the command to be still, and know that 
I am God. However, this timeless truth is 
essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew 
refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of 
the night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you 
sit quietly with Me.  
   A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to 
sort out what is important and what is not. In 
its natural condition, your mind easily gets 
stuck on trivial matters. Like the spinning wheels 
of a car trapped in mud, the cogs of your brain 
spin impotently when you focus on a trivial 
thing. As soon as you start communicating with Me 
about the matter, your thoughts gain traction, and 
you can move on to more important things. 
Communicate with Me continually, and I will put My 
thoughts into your mind. (Psalm 46:10; Luke 10:39-42; 
1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 


Luke 10:41, 42 - One Thing is Needed.


Matthew 4:4 - Spiritual Food Is Necessary 
for Spirit Living. 


John 17:17 - Holiness from God's Word.


Acts 20:32 - How the Bible Becomes Flesh.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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