Why is sitting at Jesus’ feet the one necessary thing? Part 3

How can we get started in sitting at Jesus’ feet?


We are not told what Martha’s response was, but it would not have been easy for her to change. The easy thing would be for her to break into tears at the Lord’s rebuke, to go off in the other room and feel sorry for herself because no one understood how hard she had tried to put on a good meal! In order to change, Martha had to stop blaming the Lord for not caring, stop blaming Mary for not helping, and sit down with a teachable heart and listen to what the Lord was teaching without worrying about her roast in the kitchen. I hope that Martha did that, but it wouldn’t have been easy!

If you’re a Martha (male or female) and you want to become a Mary (male or female), you’ve got to stop blaming others for why you don’t spend consistent time alone with the Lord.

It’s not your mate’s fault, your kids’ fault, your boss’ fault, or your roommates’ fault. It’s not your impersonal schedule’s fault! It’s your fault! You’ve got to humble yourself by confessing your sin to God and you’ve got to put it in your schedule when you’re going to spend time with Him. If you struggle with finding the time, I would suggest for starters that you locate the power off button on your TV remote control and use it!


If you don’t have a consistent time alone with God, don’t begin with a goal of one hour per day, seven days per week! You’ll fall short and get discouraged. Aim at 20 minutes per day, at least five days per week. Get a good study Bible in a reliable modern translation.

If you’ve never read the Bible, start with the New Testament and perhaps also Psalms and Proverbs. Once you’ve read through those books a couple of times, tackle the Old Testament. The Daily Walk booklet is a good tool to help you understand and apply what you’re reading.

Keep a notebook where you jot down observations and ways that you need to apply the passage. The aim of your time is to meet with God through His Word and in prayer and to apply it obediently to your life.

I strongly urge you to write key verses on 3×5 cards and commit them to memory. Go over them repeatedly until they stick in your brain. God will use the memorized Word to deliver you from temptation and to change how you think, how you speak, and how you behave.

If you’re on the road a lot, get the New Testament on cassette and listen to it over and over. The aim is to change from conformity to this world to conformity to Jesus Christ through the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).

Note that sitting at Jesus’ feet is something Mary chose to do. It won’t happen accidentally, because there are too many other things, many of them good things, to crowd it out.

It’s not something you choose once for life and it’s settled. You have to keep choosing it over and over again, day in and day out, by saying no to other things so that you can say yes to this one necessary thing.

So the bottom line is, Jesus says that sitting at His feet and listening to His word is the one necessary thing for those who follow Him. You know that if you did this well and consistently it would have significant positive results in your relationship with God and with others. Knowing that this would make such a significant difference, will you begin to do it today and will you do whatever it takes to do it consistently from now on? If you will, you are choosing the good part, which shall not be taken away from you.