Have you considered lately how committed you are to knowing God?
The last post, when discussing “Seeking God”, I mentioned one of my favorite verses:
Matthew 6: 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
This verse always reminds me what to focus on. The problem is that I start getting caught up in my daily affairs and other matters of lesser importance start clouding everything.
This week I want to discuss what we can do to keep focusing on God and serving Him.
How committed are you to following God? Is God your most important relationship? If you said yes, then please listen carefully.
Luke 14: 25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.
Have you realized just how committed Jesus wants us to be to Him?
What does it take to grow any relationship? Doesn’t it take time, communication and attentiveness at the very least? If a man expects to have a good marriage, won’t he at least talk to his wife or spend time with her every day? Of course the more a man knows about his wife, the more he knows how to love and please her. The difference with God is that we can’t interact with Him in the same way. I can ask my wife what she wants to eat or where she’d like to go and she’ll tell me. With God it isn’t quite the same, is it? So how do we get to know God more?
I once watched a video that was a biography of our second president, John Adams. The author was recollecting reading through his letters and memoirs and said that he got to know John Adams. I thought that was profound, the idea that well over 200 years ago someone put his thoughts, wishes, plans and ideas on paper and we can know that person today.
Is it any different with God’s Word? In order to know God is there any other way of knowing Him outside of the only Book He ever authored?
If God is our most important relationship, in what ways and how often are we setting time aside for Him? If a man only spends a few hours twice a week with his wife, how do you think that relationship is going? Consider these verses:
Psalm 1: 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
Joshua 1: 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Just imagine how committed King David and Joshua must have been to share these promises.
It makes sense, the same principles that it takes to have a good marriage also applies to improving our relationship with God. If a man doesn’t “make time” for his wife, what will he get in return?
Likewise, what can we expect when we fail to “make time” with God?
Are you committed?
If you are one of the many professed Christians out there that are not reading the Bible and praying daily, I have two ideas:
Pray this prayer: “God, I have taken your Word for granted, please forgive me. I’ve allowed other activities to take precedence in my life and they are not nearly as important as spending time with you and getting to know you better. Today I commit to reading your Word daily and I need your help. Please help me to plan my days so that you get the best time of the day so that I am alert. Thank you in advance for sustaining me through this month and for teaching me new things. In Jesus’ name, amen.“