If I were to ask you about the times in the Scriptures where people were sitting at the feet of Jesus, what would come to mind?
I think many would recall the scenes of Mary worshiping Jesus while Martha was busy working or the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her hair and tears. I doubt many would speak of the man who sat at the feet of Jesus worshiping in his new found freedom.
The Gospel of Luke records the account of this man. We are told that he was possessed with a legion of demons and that he was impossible to control. Luke, in his account, reveals a beautiful scene of the man after he had been set free by Christ. Luke writes, “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid” (Luke 8:35, emphasis added).
The people came to see what had happened to some pigs. They came to question Jesus. What they discovered was the man, who previously lived in the graveyard, the one who ran around naked, the crazy one, sitting at the feet of Jesus. Not just sitting at the feet of Jesus, he was sitting there completely changed. Luke tells us that he was wearing clothes and his mind was right. He was not the same person.
Before the change or before he was sitting at the feet of Jesus, he had an encounter with “Jesus, the Son of God most high” (Luke 8:28).
I sat this morning at my desk needing something that my mouth could not expresses. My eyes were filling with tears, I wanted to express how I was feeling, but the words failed me. I listened to a couple of songs that were posted on Facebook and the tears really began to flow. I heard through the songs who Jesus was and the great thing He had done on Calvary. It was a fresh encounter with Him.
I began to cry out these words, “Jesus, I just want to sit at your feet, I don’t want to do anything else but sit at your feet!”
I felt directed to look up instances of people sitting at the feet of Jesus. The first one I came to was Luke’s account of the man formerly possessed by devils. As I read I heard the Lord speak to me about sitting at His feet.
- Before you can truly worship acknowledge who I am and who you are. v-28 & 30
- Before you can truly worship let me change you, you can’t change yourself. v-33
- When you let me do the work, then you can sit. v-35
Sitting at the feet of Jesus is the evidence of the work He has done in us. When we truly seek to worship Him our life becomes a testimony of His power. When we spend time worshiping He directs the activity of our lives (v-38-39).
What I needed was an encounter with Him, to let Him work, so I could sit. There is nothing better than sitting at the feet of Jesus.