Every believer should have a proper attitude before the Lord. The Bible shows us some examples of these persons who have a proper attitude before Him. They are those persons who attain the maturity in life, persons who are useful to the Lord in His economy, and persons who change the age. One example of this is Mary. Luke 10:38-39, says,
Now as they went, He entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His word.
Here, in these verses we can see of an attitude that the Lord wants. There are two persons recorded in these verses, and each of them have different attitudes before the Lord. But only Mary had a proper attitude. There are at least four aspects to a proper attitude.
1. She was at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and not at the feet of anyone else. She was drawing near to the Lord. This is the shortest and quickest way to grow in life. No method is better than coming to Him moment by moment, loving him, worshipping Him, and unceasingly fellowshipping with Him and remaining in His presence. Many who know God in a deep way have found this way. Madam Guyon said,
Our drawing near to God constitutes all service.
Paul also charge us to pray unceasingliy (1 Thes. 5:17). If a man constantly fellowships with the indwelling Christ with an unvieled face, he will be changed into the Lord’s likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).
2. She sat at the feet of the Lord. This means that she put herself in a humble position. Humility is a crucial condition for receiving God’s blessing. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (1 Pet. 5:5). Humility is not belittling ourselves; humility is ignoring ourselves, negating ourselves, and considering ourselves as nothing.
3. She was sitting down. She was not busy like her sister. Quietness is often the source of spiritual strength. The greatest challenge man faces is being quiet before the Lord. His eyes and thoughts often are distracted to the outside world. Of all the members in the body, the eyes are the busiest, and of all the faculties in the soul, the mind is the busiest. Those who are busy cannot receive revelation easily. A wandering mind and vacillating thoughts are like restless waves on a lake; the lake will never be able to clearly reflect the flowers and trees on the shore. If a man wants to have the Lord’s image imprinted in him and to be transformed into the Lord’s image, quietness is a necessity.
4. She was listening to the Lord’s word. The words that the Lord speaks are spirit and life. Through this word, the Lord dispenses Himself to men. Her listening to the Lord’s word afforded the Lord the opportunity to communicate Himself to her so that she would gain the Lord and become like Him. She was continually receiving the Lord Himself. She did not just hear words; she was meeting the Lord. Brothers and sisters, it is a pity for anyone to just hear man’s voice in a sermon and not meet the Christ behind the voice.