At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver – Day 1
Joanna Weaver, the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, and Lazarus Awakening, has written a new devotional featuring excerpts from her bestselling books. At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart, features 365 daily readings that will draw you closer to the heart of Jesus.
For the next two weeks, Monday – Friday, we’ll be sharing excerpts from At the Feet of Jesus. I hope they whet your appetite for taking a further look at this devotional resource from Joanna Weaver.
He chose us…to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4, 6, NKJV
The good news is woven through the New Testament in a grace-filled strand that shines especially bright in the gospel stories of Mary and Martha. The message is this: salvation isn’t about what I do; it’s about what Jesus did.
The cross did more than pay for my sins; it set me free from the bondage of the “shoulds” and “if onlys” and “what might have beens.” And Jesus’s words to Martha are the words He wants to speak to your heart and mine: “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed” (Luke 10:41–42).
The “one thing” is not found in doing more.
It’s found by sitting at His feet.
Catch that: Mary sat at His feet. She didn’t move a muscle. She listened. She didn’t come up with clever responses or a doctrinal thesis. Her gift was availability. (In the end, I believe that was Martha’s gift as well.)
The only requirement for a deeper friendship with God is showing up with a heart open and ready to receive. Jesus invites us to come and rest, to spend time with Him in Living Room Intimacy. Intimacy that allows us to be honest in our complaints, bold in our approach, and lavish in our love. Intimacy that allows us to hear our Father’s voice and discern our Father’s will. Intimacy that so fills us with His love and His nature that it spills out to our dry, thirsty world in Kitchen Service.
In the Living Room. That’s where it all begins. Down at His feet.
—Having a Mary Heart
Read: Jeremiah 29:12–13
Reflect: What does God promise will happen when we seek Him?
Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Copyright © 2012 by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.