You’re probably familiar with the phrase “X marks the spot,” which means an “X” has been used to mark the exact spot of something—where to find something, put something, or where something happened. Well, today I have a word of great encouragement for you, offered by Mary, who “marks the spot” for all Christians to find.
[Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (Luke 10:39)
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32)
Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:3)
Not just once, but three times Mary of Bethany marks the spot. She models perfectly the place where every Christian should be found: at the feet of Jesus.
Notice that Mary had three different experiences at the feet of Jesus . . .
1. She was taught by Him.
2. She was comforted by Him.
3. She worshipped Him.
That about covers it wouldn’t you say? To be sure, we cannot take the position of Mary at the actual feet of Jesus, but we can assume the posture this position represents: both in submission to and dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary submitted to Jesus as the Supreme teacher; Mary depended upon Jesus for comfort in crisis; Mary worshipped Jesus sacrificially as she poured out expensive perfume on His feet.
What a wonderful testimony Mary recorded at the feet of Jesus! What a wonderful testimony you and I would have if the same thing could be said about us. Bible study and church attendance is time spent at the feet of Jesus. Prayer is time spent at the feet of Jesus. Giving sacrificially of our time, talent, and treasure is time spent at the feet of Jesus. Serving others is time spent at the feet of Jesus. Sharing the Gospel with others is time spent at the feet of Jesus.
So . . . what is your primary posture? What would those closest to you say? Mary marked the spot that matters most: at the feet of Jesus. How well are you acquainted with it? What changes do you need to make to begin spending more time there? Remember, when you spend an hour, you have one less hour to spend. So spend it wisely! And there is no wiser investment of time than to invest it at the feet of Jesus.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!