In Luke’s Gospel chapter 10, after he had sent out 70 of His disciples and amazing miracles took place as they went, Jesus told his disciples not to rejoice about the devils being subject to them in His Name but that their names were written in Heaven. And so they journeyed to Bethany where Martha and her siblings (Mary and Lazarus) were residing. And so when they got there in vs 38, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to hear His word. She took the posture of a learner and paid attention to the words of Jesus. But Martha was encumbered with so many things. It’s okay to take care of the man of God. It’s okay to be up and doing where the support of a man’s ministry but when it becomes a distraction from the most important thing which Jesus called “my Father’s business” then it is no longer necessary. Christian service ought to be an outflow of our commitment to the study of the Word. True service is learning at His feet. Jesus reprimanded Martha. He said

“Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Lk. 10:41-42).

Therefore, we must imbibe what is more important than the other. That must be part and parcel of our consciousness. Learning Gods word is more important than any other thing in this life. What Martha did that period was genuine and important but that wasn’t what Jesus wanted. But Mary knew what He wanted. You see, Jesus loves it when you sit at his feet learning his word. The best place to be is Church, learning Gods word because doctrines are learnt. They are not stumbled upon. You don’t stumble on understanding.
Usually God gives us men to feed us, to show us. I’m a product of teachers and I keep learning. I often say that there’s a big “L” on my spirit. I’m still learning and I’m a learner for life. What Jesus loves is bible study. You could see that priority of his at age 12. In his ministry work that was his priority and that was why he said to Martha, thou art encumbered with so many things but Mary has chosen a good part. So a good part is bible study.

Learning Gods word is matter of choice nobody can force you to learn Gods word. God never forces anything on anyone. You have to freely receive it. Though salvation is free, you deliberately receive what has been freely given. He said “Mary has chosen a good part which shall not be taken away from her”
They had just finished an evangelistic work and here was Jesus still “feeding” someone who was willing to learn.. Jesus never gets tired of feeding. Do you know how Jesus gets his strength? By feeding. By teaching. He told His disciples when they met Him teaching the woman at the well and they requested that He should eat “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (Jn. 4:34).

Jesus does not get tired of feeding people spiritually. That’s why He still uses shepherds (pastors) today to feed His flock, the church of the living God. Apostle Peter said, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:2-3).

Feed the flock, feed them. It’s the duty of a pastor to feed the flock and it’s the duty of the sheep to show up to be fed. It’s your duty to be there to learn Gods word because the word of God is what the believer needs to understand everything about God. The word of God is what the believer needs to grow up spiritually.

I was with someone sometime ago who told me about his love for the bible. He said “I read my bible to find portions that are applicable to my problems” That was the reason he gave for loving the bible. I responded by telling him that he had an a wrong unscriptural reason for loving the bible. I was blunt…”You are self-centered…” I told him. To which he asked “how do you mean sir?” So I explained to him that what he just said maybe a popular reason some read their bibles and go to church today but it’s absolutely wrong. Some read their bibles today because they want results. We don’t read the bible or learn God’s word so that we can get results (I’m talking about material results here). We read the bible, we study the bible, we show up at bible study so that we can understand God. Because God wants to be understood, he wants you to know him. So that’s why we have bible study to know God. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (Jn. 17:3)

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1Jn. 5:20).

At this juncture, it is important to reiterate that salvation happened once but we will spend the rest of our lives understanding it. It happened once to you but it will take a lifetime to understand the intricacies of that salvation, this is spiritual growth.

To be Continued…