When it comes to being intentional about our spiritual life, we must start with who are spiritual life is about. The answer is, it’s not about us. As we read the Word of God, and focus on verses that direct us in the area of our spiritual life, we learn that our spiritual life is all about Jesus. We can’t produce a fruitful spiritual life on our own. On top of that, our spiritual life is in direct correlation with every other area of our life.
The challenge is to read Revelation Chapter 1 and focus on WHO Jesus Christ is. When we see Christ for who He is, it is in that place that we can truly worship – and where our spiritual life moves from a place of independence and self focus, to a place of dependence and God focus.
We start in Luke 5:16 and then cross-referenced it over to Mark 1:35. We see Jesus taking His time to spend alone time in prayer with the Father. There is so much that seeks our attention especially at the beginning of our day. Often, we let these smaller things get in the way of the most important thing – and that is getting alone with the Father. When we spend our daily time with Jesus, that is what our meditation is on. My days are filled with so many things – and not all of them are planned! The only way I have the strength to be able to accomplish the things that are set before me in my day is by doing them through the strength I receive from God and His Word. In order to make this time with God happen, I have to be intentional. For me, that means getting ready the night before. I often try to “close shop” by 8:00 each night. Younger kids tucked in, blog work done, lessons planned (I teach Pre-School) and kitchen cleaned. I try to spend time with my husband, and time winding down. Then, right before bed, I spread out my study materials in my spot that I have my morning meeting with Jesus. For some of you, I know you either get your time in with Jesus during lunch, or maybe even in the evening. My challenge to you is to be intentional about having that specific time and place – whenever and wherever that may be! Finding this time isn’t easy! Even for Jesus! He was busy! He had to be intentional and plan it out! He knew the importance of spending time with His Father. If Jesus needed that time, then I KNOW I need that time!
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we read through some passages in which Jesus told us WHO He is. In these passages we see Jesus as our: bread of life (sustainer), the light of the World, Good Shepherd (protector, provider and care-giver), the Way, the Truth, and the Life; The True Vine, and The Living Water. Here are some of my thoughts on that passage – and how those attributes of God parallel to our Revelation Chapter 1 view of God (and how it leads us to WORSHIP)
God blew my mind with that. I know my words are far from adequate at explaining His greatness.
On Thursday, we read in Hebrews 4:12-13 about the Word of God being a two-edged sword. We see that same sword coming out from the mouth of Jesus in Revelation chapter 1. This Book, the Bible, is ALIVE! It is life changing! God’s Word, when applied correctly, is like a surgeon’s knife. The Holy Spirit directs us in our time in the Word of God, and then, God convicts areas of our life that are not in line with His Word. Sometimes, we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to lead. We read the passages that make use feel good about ourselves. I know I have done it. We shouldn’t be just listening and reading God’s Word- we need to be actively applying it to our lives (James 1:22). Nothing is hidden from God, and that includes my attitude toward His book. God knows the areas of my life that need changing – even better than I do at times!
The reading plan (from Good Morning Girls ) ended with Psalm 63:1-8. We see David’s heart here. He longs for God. I want that to be me. I want to long for God. To know him so personally and intimately that I long for Him. That nothing will stop me from spending that time with him. My soul will thirst for Him- and He will fulfill that thirst with the Living Water from the Fountain that never runs dry. God alone can satisfy our deepest longings. He holds us in His right hand (Psalm 63:8) – the same hand that lifted up John in Revelation 1 will hold us up to.
When our lives are focused on this kind of intentional focus on WHO Jesus really is – our attitude will be to praise and worship Jesus with joyful lips (Psalm 63:5). We will find our truest form of fulfillment and satisfaction in who Jesus is. It is in those moments that we begin to understand what it means to worship Jesus with our life.
Worshiping with my Life,