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Friday, October 17, 2014

If I’m Too Busy for God, Then I’m Just Too Busy

In review of 1 John 2:28 it says, “Now dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ.”

Bottom Line:
Be in routine and confident fellowship with Christ. This way you won’t be ashamed and caught off guard when he returns.

What this means to me:
If I continue to stay connected in routine fellowship with Christ, I’ll be able to have confidence and not shame when he returns for me.

Growing any kind of grapes requires them to be connected to the the vine. Without this connection they won’t develop. Jesus tells us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV). I will not bear any fruit in my life if I’m not connected to Jesus on a regular basis.

This is true in all my relationships. If I don’t spend time with someone, I’m going to be disconnected. This is even more important in marriage. If I don’t spend time with my wife, we’re going to lose our intimacy and be disconnected. This same principle is true with God. I need to spend time with God in order to be close to him, to feel his love, to sense his presence in my life.

I’ve been walking with the Lord for 20 years, and from experience it can be hard to keep a consistent daily time with Him because everything can fight against it! I believe this is because the enemy knows if he can keep me disconnected, that I’ll be worthless for the kingdom. I’ll have no power. I’ll have no defense. I’ll have no strength against his temptations. He doesn’t care if I do all kinds of good things as long as I don’t spend quality time with God, because it’s my number one purpose in life.

Ultimately I wasn’t put here on earth to mark things off a “To Do” list. God didn’t create me just to do a bunch of activities. God created me so I could know him and love him and he could know and love me back. If I’m not spending time getting to know God, then I’m missing the number one purpose of my life. Satan knows this, so he’s going to try to keep to distract me.

If I ever get too busy for God, I need to re-evaluate my schedule as I’m putting everything else in front of the number one commandment; love God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength.

Todays verse reminds me “continue to live in fellowship with Christ” (1 John 2:28 NLT).

So far, I’ve been doing well keeping my weekday quiet times with him. Its tough, it requires getting up earlier, when I’d rather sleep, putting in extra effort to be prepared when there’s some many other selfish things I could do.  Thank you God for helping me be consistent and through it teaching and affecting my life.