“And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” (Luke 10:39)
At the heart of true religion is a relationship with the living God. To know the Creator intimately and personally ought to be the principle desire of the creature’s heart.
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
When Jesus called his disciples, he did not merely give them orders and send them on their way like servants, but took them to himself and nurtured fellowship like family. They were his brothers. He wanted them, not just to work, but to be with him.
“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,” (Mark 3:12)
Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. This was the place of a disciple. There at his feet, she heard his word. Through his word, God communicates himself to us. We can know him because as the perfect God, he is able to perfectly express himself through his word. Through that expression, the internal thoughts, intents, and purpose of the heart of God – which would otherwise be transcendent and unknowable to man – are revealed to the creature. All scripture is God-breathed, and so the very breath and Spirit of the eternal God moves to communicate with man in human language.
Since the Creator descends to communicate with the creature, he is therefore knowable. Indeed, it becomes not just possible to know him, but imperative. Therefore, anything less than a personal, active relationship with the living God is deficient. However honorable one’s religion, upright one’s character, or diligent one’s life, to forego communion with the maker of all things is to neglect the ultimate for the sake of something lesser.
Mary sat at the feet of Jesus because, above all else, she wanted God. She chose the “good part”, and it will never be taken from her.