“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection….” – Phil 3:10
If I asked you why God made you, what would you say? Is it that you might serve others, or is it that you might give your life in working for God? As I study God’s Word I have come to the conclusion that God made us primarily for close, intimate fellowship! Knowing and loving comes first. Action and doing come second and are meaningless without the first.
The apostle Paul wanted to know Christ, and by knowing Christ, he could experience the power of His resurrection. I find this to be the hardest thing for many believers to do. So often it is much easier to be busy with the urgent, or even Christian activity than spending quiet moments before the Lord. Before we realize it, days have passed since our last quiet time with Jesus.
Jesus knew how important quiet moments were with the Father. “After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone” (Matt 13:23). The older I get, the more precious this time becomes to me. It is a time I look forward to almost daily. It offers me a time to reflect, to share my concerns with my Lord, and to hear Him speak. Many have regular prayer walks, which can accomplish three things: fellowship, prayer, and exercise. Many have witnessed that it can change a person’s prayer life. Have you come to understand that Jesus views us as His friends and He wants to spend time with us? Are we depriving God of His time when we put Him aside for what we deem as more urgent? An interesting thing happens when we make prayer a priority: Urgent things seem to fade away as we focus on Him. Then, He makes all these other things fall into place after Him.
Are you taking the time to get to know Him each day? When you read His Word, ask God to reveal Himself to you. Lovingly worship Him, thank Him, and tell Him your innermost longings. Over time, the most powerful thing that happens in your day will be the time you spend with Him.
Lord, we want to know and love You -first! We long for Your power -second! And we desire to serve You -third! We make You our priority! Strengthen the ties that bind us to You! Amen.
Come into His presence to worship! Stay plugged in for power! Then and only then, go our and serve your Maker and your fellow-man!
God grant it to be so,