Tuesday, September 11 – One Thing
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”(New Living Translation)
By: Ann Yundt
My whole life, I have struggled with anxiety and have been worried and scared about many things. I was also very shy and quiet. I look back on my life’s struggles and wonder how I managed them. Over the last few years, I have finally realized it is Jesus who walks with me and guides me.
I grew up a Christian going to church but did not learn how to be a follower of Christ until attending Free Christian Church. By attending Sunday services, prayer services, Alpha, Lunch Ladies and other small groups, I have learned how to sit and listen to Christ as Mary did and not worry so much like Martha.
This past June, I attended the First Loved to Love weekend. During that seminar, I learned to write a Love Letter after reflecting on scripture. After spending some time in prayer, the Holy Spirit helped me to write this, based on Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God is with you, Ann, the mighty one who will redeem you and rescue you. I rejoice over you with great pleasure of joy. I calm you, Ann, quiet you in my love so you can rest and be content. I rejoice over you with singing.”
Several weeks later, my sister sent me a birthday card that she made—she always writes a scripture verse in her cards. The verse she sent me was Zephaniah 3:17. She did not know I attended the First Loved Ministries weekend. As soon as I read her card, I knew the Holy Spirit had prompted her to send me this verse as a reminder that I need to sit and rest with Christ.
No matter how slow I am to learn that Christ loves me, I now know his love never fails and he will never give up on me. I just need to sit at the feet of Jesus, learn from him, and ask him to take away my worries and shyness.
Engaging with the Scripture
Today we are using the approach Ann and others of us learned from Mark Fee’s First Loved to Love seminar.
1. Take Zephaniah 3:17 and personalize it, putting your name in the spaces:
“The Lord your God is with you, ___________, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you, ________; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you, __________, with singing.”
2. Then read this personalized version aloud 3-4 times until you can really hear God speaking to you through these words: that you are his special treasured possession.
3. Then reread Luke 10:38-42 and imagine yourself sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him as Mary did in this passage. What does he say to you?
4. Journal or talk to God about how you feel about being one he delights in and sings over – how do you want to respond?
Please share your thoughts, insights and experiences of trying to live out this scripture in the comment section below.
Songs that relate to today’s theme
Listen to Mark Fee expressing God’s love to you through Zephaniah 3:17: