What sort of season are you in right now? I know winter and possibly snow season, but in your life. Is it snowy in your life . . . cold . . . lonely . . . a hard time right now? If so, I picture you staying inside, huddling by the fire, drinking warm cups of tea. Are you taking time to be with the Lord? Our tendency is to turn to God when we are in a season of suffering.
If you happen to be in a good season right now, I picture you in a season of joyful sledding . . . laughter . . . friends gathering happily . . . hot cocoa . . . joyful music . . . and fun. When life is going well, do you spend time with God? Is it just as much a priority for you as when times were hard? We get lax when times are good. We don’t quite so desperately “need” the Lord, and we give Him the message, “I’ve got this”. And, we take control again. On our own. Without Jesus.
One Sunday in December, our pastor was discussing Mary and Joseph and the fact that the inn keeper had no room. There were obstacles that prevented Mary and Joseph from getting into the inn for the night. Just like we sometimes have no room for Christ in our lives.
We have obstacles. We make excuses. We lack understanding for why we need Him.
I get it. You’re busy! Everyone is busy. Busyness is the devil’s playground.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
The shepherds made time for Christ on the night of His birth. Immediately. They paused their shepherding duties for the greater purpose of worship. Could you pause your life on the spur of the moment like that? Temporarily? Jesus sets no time restrictions for us. He simply wants us to draw close to Him. He is available to us at any time and for as long a time as we’d like.
The Magi (astrologers…pagan kings) made time for visiting the Lord months later. They searched the signs in the stars. They painstakingly planned the long journey. They took valuable gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to lay at Jesus’s feet. (Matthew 2:1-12) Inconvenient? You bet.
Why can’t we make time for Jesus, too?
Why wouldn’t we make time for our Lord? I wonder if He equates our gift of time, priority, and worship as equal to the Magi gifts. There’s no other way of understanding God except through knowing Him and having a relationship with Him. (Aside from relationship, how else would we grow spiritually?)
Then the disciple that Jesus loved said to Peter,
“It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was
the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for
work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.
Did the tempo of your heart increase while you read that verse? Peter gives us a beautiful picture of excitement to be with Jesus. He could not wait! There he stood in the boat over-loaded with fish (where the others needed his help). Yet, he jumped in the water to get to Jesus. Suddenly, nothing else mattered.
Did you get the feeling of near desperation? Peter HAD TO BE WITH JESUS! Where are you on the desperation for Jesus meter?
Jesus Made Time for You
when He entered our world in the flesh as a baby
when He walked in ministry to teach by His perfect example
when He gave it all up for our sins
when He hung on the cross as our blood sacrifice,
paving our way to forgiveness
when He was buried in a tomb,
cloaked in a shame-filled shroud
when He arose on the third day, on Easter morning.
And there is so much more to it! Jesus gave all of Himself for our redemption. Why would we not have time for Him? He does not force His way. He waits for us to turn to Him in worship, in prayer, and in praise. In relationship.In John 21:7, did you get the feeling of near desperation? Peter HAD TO BE WITH JESUS! Where are you on the 'desperation for Jesus' meter? Click To Tweet
I ask you. Who do you turn to when the hard times come? Who has your back? The Lord is waiting in good times and bad. He is there with you in the valleys – and on the mountaintop experiences, too. Don’t you want Him by your side each day?
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One of the benefits of making time for Him – ten little minutes in praise to the Lord each day – is the intimacy you will feel with the Lord. He will fill you up with Himself and give you that desperation for Him that you (and He) desire.Transform Your Relationship. Make Time for the Lord with The 10-Minute PRAISE Challenge - A Good Place to Start. Click To Tweet
What obstacles stand in your way?
What takes priority over Jesus, the love of your life?
Because He lives~
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