I was exhorted by a friend today. She was so excited about what God had ministered to her in her devotion time with Him and she knew she was supposed to share it with me.
She shared about how easy it is to "work" in our relationship with God –when He loves us so much and so unconditionally – He just wants us to learn how to receive the things we need in this life. But, in our world we pretty much work to achieve everything - position on our jobs, relationships, we even work to meet our own expectations of ourselves – and it can be difficult to begin thinking that we do not have to work for God’s love and care. It takes a totally renewing of our mind with His Word and His presence to turn that around. We do not have to work for His blessings, His provision, His healing or anything that pertains to life and godliness (and the list goes on and on). She reminded me of Mary and Martha - two sisters that had a totally different response to the presence of Jesus. Much later in the day I was still pondering this Bible event and I began to think about what Jesus said was " the good (better) part".
The account is found in Luke 10:38-42.
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 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.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
I know you have probably heard this scripture unpacked and preached in many different ways – it is an incredible portion of scripture. But consider this – the resting Mary was doing at the feet of Jesus was more than just to listen to Him speak. Her position in this story is to also show us she had learned to rest in Jesus in every aspect of her life. Think about it. Being in the presence of God – wouldn’t we be faced with everything we want to “get right” in our life? If the creator of the universe is coming to your house – you would not want him to see your bed unmade- literally and figuratively. Just like Isaiah – when he saw the Lord – all he could think was how he was a man of unclean lips that needed forgiveness. Everything that is “imperfect” stands out like a sore thumb in the presence of the one that is complete “perfection”. Mary is doing none of that – she is completely at rest. That is the “good” part.
Here is the money! We can live our entire lives hurrying, working, fretting, dreading and fearing or we can get our mind renewed and find how to rest in the love God has for us that covers all our sins. We can learn to rest in the finished work of Jesus on the cross that provided for our salvation, healing, protection against the enemy, and total victory. We can learn to rest in His favor that provides what money cannot buy. And we can learn to rest in the ability of God to love us completely in spite of the fact we are dust – imperfect and in need of grace and mercy every day we breathe. For in that rest is the “good part” in this life. It is the “best” part. No stress. No fear. Just peace. Whatever is the issue – God’s going to help work it out and it will be well with our souls.
You see in our worship relationship with Jesus, there is a supernatural exchange. We give Him our broken hearts and He gives us healing. We let Him show us the places we are held captive, bound and in prison – and He gives us liberty and freedom. We share with Him where there is mourning in our life and He gives us consolation, comfort and joy. We give Him the ashes of our life – the things that were destroyed for some reason or another – and He gives us beauty. We give Him our heavy spirit – our regrets and broken dreams – and He gives us the garment of praise. In all these things – we can sit at His feet while He says, “Relax! I’ve got this!”
Isaiah 61:1-3 spells this out. Here Jesus is telling us the purpose of the anointing on His life.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
When His children rest in Him to this extent – it glorifies Him! It lifts Him up and shows Him to the world as the source of salvation from everything the enemy can throw at us – even death. And guess what? THAT is why we are all here. To bring glory to Him.
Talk to Father about this right now. Tell Him you want the “good part”. Repent of all the “stuff” that you have allowed to clog up your worship relationship with Him. He will show you how to “renew (change) your mind” and you will start resting at His feet, too.