Jesus, connects the act of Mary of Bethany (sitting at the feet of Jesus) as essential to the spread of the Gospel world-wide. Between her quiet devotion, and Martha’s busy activity of service, Jesus said that Mary’s choice was the best.
It’s important to note that Martha was, in fact, a woman of faith. In the record of John 11:22-23 we read, “Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give to You.”
Her faith in Jesus was not the issue. She had faith. And she demonstrated her honor for Him by great service of hospitality.
But, her faith and her service was not the part that Jesus connected to the heart of the Good News.
Jesus connected Mary’s passionate love and devotion for Him as that which would remembered where ever the Good News was proclaimed.
She “delighted herself in Him.”
If you (we) desire a transformed and transforming life that produces transforming good news in our sphere of influence, it is essential that we be like Mary, not a perfect woman without flaw, but a woman of singular devotion that delights ourselves in Him.
It is from that essential connection with Jesus that we take on his “favor and aroma.” It is from that fundamental oneness with Him that our lives are transformed into sons and daughters that truly reflect and re-present Him.
We become effective and powerful on multiple, practical, daily levels of life as we, as the moon reflects the sun, become the kind of clay vessels that reflects the treasure that is within us.
He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond any and everything we could ever ask or even imagine according to the power that works within us that’s been activated by our intimate devotion with Him.
And now abides, faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love which is rooted in our love relationship with Him before it becomes acts of love to those around us. Without the intimacy of relationship where we love Him with everything about ourselves, we stand zero chance of re-presenting His love.
What is required is the choice to separate oneself on a regular basis of intimate devotion until the choice morphs from duty to delight.