at His feet au naturel

22 Jun

“…sat at the Lord’s feet…”

“…fell at His feet…”

“…wiped His feet…”

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I was just a few rows from the stage as the worship band played a song declaring God’s greatness.  While I swayed with hands raised, I noticed a slight blur in my peripheral vision.  The young daughter of a friend swooped down the auditorium stairs and landed at the base of the stage like a sparrow, except this little one collapsed on the stairs in sobs instead of perkily looking for birdseed.  God knows when every sparrow falls, and what happened in those moments was between a sweet soul and her Lord at His feet.  But the aroma of one so devoted to Jesus fell on all of us.

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Every time Mary of Bethany is mentioned in the Bible, she was at His feet.

~When Martha prepared lunch for everyone, Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.  She forgot her social responsibilities and manners when Jesus arrived.  She listened with rapt attention to every word from the Word of Life.  Luke 10:39

~After her brother Lazarus died, Mary collapsed at Jesus’ feet in agonizing grief.  Even in her emotional state, or maybe especially in her state, she fell at the feet of her only Source of comfort.  John 11:32

~Jesus had been in hiding since raising her brother from the dead, but He came back to Bethany before His last Passover.  Mary was waiting with her nard and lavishly used every drop on His feet– possibly the most extravagant display of worship recorded in the Bible.  John 12:3

Mary is the worship leader’s worship leader.

In all three instances, without a thought, Mary heads for Jesus’ feet as if that is the most natural place for her to be.  In my last post, we saw that Moses listened and responded to God’s direction during worship.  Mary doesn’t wait for instructions, she already knows what to do.  A few days later the disciples needed Jesus’ example to wash each others’ feet, but not Mary.  She was ready to care for Him, nard in hand.

Bowing to the floor or prostrating oneself at the feet of another was ultimate respect in the first Century.  In the 21st Century we don’t have anything that compares.  I am mentally making a list of public figures I greatly admire.  None of them would know what to do if I fell down in front of them, touching my forehead to the tips of their shoes.  (Maybe call 911?)  I’m not planning on doing that, but even thinking about it makes me fidgety.

I’m not sure Mary’s example is about physical posture – though if Jesus walked into my office right now, I would fall at His feet (if I didn’t faint first).  Mary’s example teaches me to worship Him with all of my heart always; so that given the opportunity, I do what comes naturally – I worship Him.

Ready for Sunday

Is who I am all week consistent with who I am on stage?  Is what I do during the week consistent with what I do as I lead others in worshiping God?

What can I do or change so that worshiping God is the most natural behavior of my life?

Today in a conversation with someone who doesn’t follow Jesus yet, I found myself talking freely of Him in the most natural way.  May this be the beginning of a new way of living!  Until I am a supernatural being, may my natural behavior be to worship Him.

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Au naturel

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