(Posted on March 27th, 2014)
I was having a really productive day, doing all that I intended to do, yet I still felt discontent with my day. Ah! I realized I had not spend any time with God today and once I did, I got a rush of contentment in my heart and a sense of accomplishment in my day. Nothing beats that meaningful pause button on life. I decided to share some of the importance of having an "our time" with just you and God.
1. We are missionaries. It doesn't have to be our vocation to tell the whole world about Jesus. We are called to share this amazingly, good news to people! I mean the word gospel literally means "good news." Are you well equipped to speak about Jesus? If a stranger were to come up to you and ask you how can they be saved, how would you respond? When I questioned myself these questions, I began to understand that there was no good to keep the gospel all to myself. "And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" - Mark 16: 15
I see it absolutely vital to personally gain a better understanding of Bible, we hold the power to give glory to his name through our ministry!
2. We are to love God with all our hearts, all our mind, and all our soul. The bible mentions this countless times (Luke 10:27, Matthew 22: 37, Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:30), but let's break down how we can actually achieve to love God with all our hearts, all our mind, and all our soul. If you take a look on what you dedicate your time to, it's a pretty good indicator in showing what you value and where your priorities lie.
Joyce Meyer once said,
“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that younever try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.”
Setting a time in your day for daily devotion, is a great step in making your relationship with God your highest priority. To love God with all our hearts, is ever growing process. We must be aware of Jesus's character and strive to imitate him, how else could we do that without ever touching the bible? Without engaging in it? Without examination of our unaware faults? (and by no means am I saying we must be perfect). Have you ever had a relationship where you solemnly spoke to them? I hope not. That's the same with Christ, he wants us to communicate with him: to share out thankfulness, our problems, our wishes, & etc. We need to reflect on his amazing grace, examine our character, so that our relationship with him can grow stronger! I find a daily time alone with God essential for our spiritual growth, and to lead a life for God.
If you need help on how to start, you can start with a prayer for insight on his word and wisdom. I like have a journal to write down my day, my prayers, things I learned, things I need to work on, my understanding on a certain scripture and so on. I open my bible and read chapters in the old testament and reread portions in the new testament (you would be surprised to see new scriptures that stand out each time!) I'm currently striving to finishing my bible by the end of this year so that's why I read a bit of each testament. Feel free to explore different ways you can make it work out, try variety of different ways to spice up your devotional time with him so you feel less bored, and more intentional!
3. It changes us. His word has the power to elevate our mood, grow our faith, transform our way of thinking and living.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12: 2
What you constantly put into your thoughts, will have an affect in your life, so let's choose to put good things into our hearts.
4. Our relationship with God is our foundation for life. What is the very purpose of a foundation when building a house? So it will stand strong, correct? God is our substructure of our very being, he is the bedrock of our lives. The foundation is what we build upon, and if it is weak, it will crack and break. If the foundation is strong, it might be shaken but not broken. I also believe that our relationship with Christ correlates with our relationship with others. So let's start from the bottom, so the rest will stand firmly.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24
5. It gives you joy. Truth be told, there are days when you're just too tired or upset to have alone time with God, but boy does it help! I was having a very off day last week and I decided to still have my alone time with God, and during the silence, I heard his comforting words in my head. He was saying that I am worthy and through him I am worth more then silver or gold, that I am priceless. I then regained my strength and a shot of happiness flowed into my veins. “You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” -Psalm 16:11 I temporarily lost my sense of identity and worth, but through my habitual time with God I heard his words speak to me.