…Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared. Luke 10:39 TPT
…Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. Luke 10:39 ESV
…Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. Luke 10:39 KJV
…Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet, was continually listening to His teaching. Luke 10:39 AMP
At first glance, the most obvious detail of these verses is Mary’s attentiveness to Jesus’ words. Mary “sat to hear”… which showcases her resolve to receive revelation. But before we delve into Mary’s listening ears, let’s look a bit closer at Jesus’ visit.
Let us not miss the timeline here. Has anyone else picked up on Jesus’ immediate discourse upon arrival? I mean, I suppose St. Luke left out details of pleasantries, the offering of decaf or a nickel tour of the home. But my hunch is the Lord just continued inside with His ongoing outside discipleship….speaking constantly to the “ears to hear” around Him. Jesus lived on mission, knowing His time was near, and He did not stand to waste a millisecond.
What a picture for us this holiday. Friends, we are no different. Just like Jesus, our time is near, too — be it we are 17 or 75. Matthew’s gospel encourages us to “keep watch, because we do not know the day on which our Lord will come.” Not even the angels in heaven know! What if we took this urgency into the homes we visit this holiday!? Or let it reign in our own? Bring gifts and Covid friendly snacks to share with those you love, of course, but let us not forget to bring the gift of the Gospel. You need not worry about the longevity of your faith walk or the eloquence of your speech. You sit with Jesus, remember? Simply share how God is transforming your life. Be a light. Speak of His Goodness. Refuse to let negativity part your lips. Your example and personal testimony speak the Gospel and have the SAME power as any 3-point, alliterative sermon. Selah.
Now on to those listening ears.
I promised I wouldn’t keep talking about Jesus feet, so no more about that (although I love those feet). But let’s note Mary’s posture and positioning. Her sitting denotes close attention. Remember in kindergarten, the semi-circles on A-B-C carpet? Criss-cross apple sauce? The teacher asking, “Where are your listening ears?” and pointing to hers. All those skills will not be void in your Christian growth. Every day of our lives, we are invited to His feet. As scholars at the feet of their tutors, we too are invited as students to sit… ready to learn. Leaning in, listening and eager to receive.
Mary’s placement also displays a submission to what she hears. Mary’s placement and posture says, “I hear you and I will abide. I will yield to your Words. Not my will but yours, Lord.” She made herself small so He could be bigger. So. Many. Parallels.
Can I tell you the best part? Well, one of the best parts?…..She gets it.
The word “listening” as written in Luke 10:39 is the Greek word akouo and means, “to comprehend, to understand.” Not only did Mary hear it…. she got it. She understood what Jesus was saying.
She had ears to hear. But the eyes of her HEART were open to comprehend.
You know the song, “Open the eyes of my heart.” That isn’t just a catchy tune. It is actually referencing Paul’s prayer in Ephesians.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…” Ephesians 1:18
So Mary sat. She listened. Her ears heard and her heart received. She yielded her life to His teaching. And we can do the same.
So how does this translate to modern-day you and me? Let’s look.
Choosing What’s Better:
- Choose a designated space for your listening/quiet time. I have a spot at the end of our dining room table. I meet with Jesus in this space every morning and He meets with me. Find a place that is special for the two of you. Your A-B-C carpet, if you will.
- Come to your spot with a yielded heart verses an agenda. Confession: Type A, Enneagram 3 (I think) here to admit, I love my agendas, to-do lists, growth goals, prayer lists, yada yada, yada. God loves all those things too, but I honestly hear more from Him when I enter with a quiet spirit and a submission to His agenda for our time verses an insisting on my own. Come quietly today.
- Pray Ephesians 1:17-19 over yourself before you begin. Set the tone and position not only your body, but your heart. Here you go…. write this scripture out in your journal so you can keep it as a starting point for your time with God …. “Lord, I ask You, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, my glorious Father would give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that I may know Jesus better. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which You have called me, the riches of Your glorious inheritance in Your holy people, and Your incomparably great power for us who believe. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
I am confident, friends, that you will hear from the Lord in a new way this Advent. He is always speaking of HOPE and INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER that is yours. Lean in. Do you hear what I hear?!