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“Sit At Jesus’ Feet”
Contributor: Rev. Ashton
April 12, 2021
Luke 10:38-42 says "Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, which sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But, Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to him, and said Lord, does thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha thou art careful and troubled about many things, But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
Spending quality time alone with God is an essential part of our Christian life. Like Martha, we today are called to find a balance between faithful and diligent service in our day to day responsibilities and a constant attitude of dependence on God, time to serve and a time to sit at Jesus’ feet. We need time to rest in His presence, read His Word and speak to Him through prayer.
We lose sight of who Jesus is and why he comes right in the house of God. We get so busy serving, attending church, doing good deeds that we forget our first priority, to love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. We even get so busy that we do not spend the quality time with Him in prayer or in His Word that we should.
It happened to Martha and it can happen to us. Martha was so busy hosting and serving that she did not get to enjoy or spend time with her guest. Servant-hood is important after all Jesus’ ministry is about servant-hood. Yet throughout His entire ministry Jesus spent a lot of quality time in the presence of His Father in prayer and we must do the same.
We must spend a lot of quality time at the feet of Jesus and in prayer. When we do not spend time in prayer with God we end up doing things in our own strength and that is when frustration rears its ugly head. Martha was being choked by worries and not taking time to hear the Word of God. There is a time for service and there is a time to sit and hear. We must like Mary learn to sit for there are great benefits in sitting. After all Jesus comes to spend time with us. Let us sit at His feet and hear what He has to say to us.
Prayer for the week:
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I do not spend as much quality time in your presence that is needed in my life. I have let the cares of life and church take priority over my sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing what He has come to say to me. Please forgive me. Teach me to balance my faithful service and my quality time at my Savior’s feet. I sit for my heart’s desire is to hear from you, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.
"The Goodness of God"
Contributor: Rev. Ashton
April 5, 2021
Psalm 34:6-15 says “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”
We have the love of a good God. A God who everything He originally created was good, and is an extension of His nature. Oh, to be loved by a kind, gentle, giving, blessing and forgiving God. To be loved by a good and gracious God. The God of all grace, the One who gives the humble abundant grace, the one whose grace is sufficient in all things.
His goodness shows forth in His mercy towards His children. He is a merciful God whose mercy
is everlasting and endures to all generations, the one who allows us to morning by morning new
mercies to see. The One who is full of compassion, who feels our pain, shares in our sorrows
and desires to be a very present help in time of need.
His goodness shows up in the form of a patient God, a God that is slow to anger, who is longsuffering and understanding. A faithful God, a God who will carry out both His promises and His warnings. A God who will do just what He said He would do. He is the dependable One. The
God of truth the One who cannot lie, the One who is entirely trustworthy and true in all that He
says and does, the One whose Word is true, and whose promises are “Yes and Amen.” He is a just God, a righteous God and without sin in the manner in which He treats mankind.
God promises In Psalm 34 to deliver us from fear, to save us from trouble, to send His angels to encamp around us, to supply our needs, to give us abundant life, to hear our prayers, to comfort us with His presence and to redeem our souls. The total sum of all of God’s attributes, character and essence declares that God is “Good” and God is “Goodness!”
Prayer for the week:
Heavenly Father, there is nothing that can be compared to your goodness towards your children. Thank you for all of your goodness in our lives and we will make it our priority to never take your goodness for granted. We acknowledge that we do not deserve all of the goodness you pour out upon us but we are ever so grateful. Because of your goodness towards us we will show forth goodness toward others, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.
Quality Time With God
By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton