I want to piggyback off of Meems’ post from Wednesday. Before I do let me address my last post. I would like to say I wasn’t happy with it. I didn’t quite get out what was in my heart. If you were disappointed by it, please know that there is more to come. You will hear the best news I have ever heard in full.
Right now I feel a tug in this direction. I want to take you to a familiar passage in Luke 10:38-42. I am sure most of you have read this and heard sermons about it, but has it changed your life? This passage should change your life. It should shift all of our priorities and redirect the course of our life.
You may already know where I am going with this, but stay with me. Read like you’ve never heard this before. It’s the story of Martha and Mary. They are preparing for the arrival of Jesus into Martha’s home. Religion would say, “You better get that house in tip-top shape to receive the Son of God. The law would say, “You better mow the yard, trim the bushes, pull weeds, edge the grass, clean the garage, mop the floors, vacuum the carpets, wash the windows, go to the grocery store and on and on…”
Look at what Jesus (grace) says we should do to prepare for His arrival. In the last verse he says that there is but one thing that is needful. Another definition for needful is necessary or requirement. Jesus wants us to make sure if we don’t do anything else in life that we do this one thing which Mary chose to do. She sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word. A lot of times we are stressed out in life because we haven’t done this one thing. We can’t be stressed out in the presence of God. He said there is fullness of joy there and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. Guess where you are seated right now in the spirit? At His right hand. We’ve got pleasures forevermore and fullness of joy just waiting for us to enjoy. You might be saying, “How do I do that?”
It’s a simple solution that very few find. I have often complained to the Lord about how little teaching there is on spending time with God. I think the reason for that is so few really know how to. I am not going to pretend to have the market on this either. I don’t, but I have learned something valuable. How bad you want it has a lot to do with whether or not you will find God. Jeremiah 29 supports this thought. Verse 13 says that you will find God when you search for Him with all your heart. Once you find Him, you find everything because He is everything!
I tend to give up too quick when my alone time with God doesn’t go the way I expect it to. I have learned that there is a veil of the flesh that you have to rip off or get through. It’s kind of like a test to see how bad you want to enjoy your alone time with God. He isn’t going to let us do it our way. We can’t pop it in the microwave. He wants us fully engaged with Him alone. He wants all of our attention. He is a jealous God. He is jealous of anything (not anyone) else that has our attention. Proverbs tells us to attend to God’s Word.
Remember Jesus’ words to Martha. He is saying it to us today. “You are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.” If we will do the one thing, all our worries and troubles will disappear. There’s a song that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” I want to encourage you to spend time with Him today. Block some time in your schedule for it, and keep doing it until you find Him.
Isn’t that the way we do other things we are passionate about. We continue to tinker with them until we figure them out. Keep tinkering with your private time with God. Don’t give up. He wants to be found, but He will remain in hiding until we give Him our full, undivided attention.