“… but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better…” (Luke 10:42)
Every time we meet Mary, the sister of Martha, she is at the feet of Jesus. The verse above describes her at the feet of Jesus hearing His Word. Martha is frustrated because Mary is attending the Bible study while she herself is doing all the serving. Jesus sides with Mary because she has chosen the number one priority that day.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 11, the brother of these two sisters has died. When the Lord arrives too late to save Lazarus both these sisters greet Him with the same words: “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.” However, when Mary spoke those words we read that she prostrated herself at his feet showing that she accepted His will.
In the next chapter a banquet is described at which their resurrected brother is the guest of honor. We see Mary there worshiping Jesus at His feet. She anointed His feet with perfume worth a year’s wages. What would it mean if you worshiped Jesus with your annual income?
This Mary is a great example for all of us when she is at the feet of Jesus hearing His Word, accepting His will, and worshiping Him. If we prostrate ourselves at His feet as we read our Bibles, we will hear His personal word to us and find His will for our lives. If we continue to follow Mary’s example we will be at His feet accepting His will for our lives. And those who follow the example of Mary will find themselves forever offering costly worship at the feet of Jesus.
Dick Woodward, 19 February 2013