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Known and Loved Like Mary

“Martha, my beloved, Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.” Luke 10:41-42 TPT

I’ve grown up reading this passage my whole life and for as long as I’ve remembered I’ve known Martha’s way was wrong and Mary’s way was right. Yet, until about three years ago I lived my entire life being a Martha. Working my way into the heart of God. Working my way to receive the approval of others. Working for the kingdom of God, working in ministry, and working for acceptance. My head knew I couldn’t work to earn God’s love or approval, but the 18-inch journey from my head to my heart seemed like a thousand miles. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t connect them.

Until two years ago when the Father told me to shut everything down. I was running a ministry, writing on my personal blog, speaking to women across the country, had a podcast, and a large Instagram following. The Father told me to shut it all down. So I did.

For the first time in my life, I was forced to sit at His feet.

I didn’t have the distraction of ministry or work to hide behind. And what I realized was that my identity had become solely wrapped up in my doing for Him. When I was forced to sit at His feet, I didn’t know who I was anymore. Learning to rest, learning to receive from Him without offering anything to Him in return was one of the most painful seasons I have ever walked with Jesus.

But it was in that sitting at His feet, He started showing me who I really was. And all He really wanted from me…

to love Him and be loved by Him.

I began to realize I was living under expectations He had never placed on me. The more I sat at His feet, the more I began to become alive. I was no longer living in the bondage of working for His love but began to rest in the inheritance that belonged to me as His daughter.

Mary understood the one thing. She found her place, she knew where she belonged. Every time we see Mary of Bethany in Scripture, she is found at the feet of Jesus. Oh, the greatest desire of my life. Let it be said of me. Let it be said of you, “She found the place where she belonged, she spent her entire life sitting at his feet.”

Breathe in deep this revelation today, Sweet One, He only requires this of you: to know and be known by Him. Breathe out the expectations you placed on yourself. Find the place where you belong today, sitting in your inheritance at His feet.

Pray this with me:

Jesus, what a relief to know your expectations of me pale in comparison to the ones I place on myself. Help me, Spirit of Truth, to truly know and live fully in my inheritance as your daughter. Teach me how to sit at your feet. When my heart begins to slip into old habits, give me a nudge, Holy Spirit, reminding me of the one thing you require.

Questions to Journal:

  1. In what area of my life do I have trouble sitting at the feet of Jesus?
  2. Where am I working to earn God’s love and acceptance?
  3. How can I take steps today to sit at the feet of Jesus?
Jessica Satterfield
Jessica Satterfield
I don't ever underestimate the power of a fancy cup of coffee, a nap, some lipstick, and a pair of new shoes. My life has been radically transformed by grace and Jesus is the absolute love of my life.

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