Jesus Needed His Space. So Do We
The middle of September found me busier than the last six months, but just as I was about to dive deep into doing something for everyone else, I stopped and simply walked away. Does that make me selfish?
You Did What?
Okay, in honesty I didn’t neglect Leah or the kids, but I did have big ministry plans for developing a new discipleship series along with other ideas that had been on my mind. Notice I said on my mind and not on my heart. There’s an important distinction to be made for prioritizing life. Jesus did it and so should you!
It’s important to understand that you can and should “walk away” at certain times. Jesus illustrated that much of His ministry was centered on silence and solitude. He regularly withdrew from others, the daily demands of life, and the pressures of his ministry to be alone with the Father and pray.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) [Everyone was looking for Jesus, but after his time in prayer he told his disciples that it was time for them to move on to another village.]
“[Despite Jesus’ plea that his miracles be kept secret] the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
“Once again Jesus went out beside the lake.”
When Should You Walk Away?
I understand that when life gets so bogged down that we often feel the desire to flee from those pressures. Avoiding is not winning and it’s vital to make sure we aren’t skirting our responsibilities or trying to escape the consequences for bad decisions.
You should practice spending time in silence and solitude just as Jesus did. He used that time to pray, renew Himself and restore His ministry energy. You’re no good to anyone else unless you’re first good to yourself. You can create the time to be alone with God by getting up earlier, staying up later, taking lunches alone, and coordinating family duties with your spouse that allows you both the time to enjoy uninterrupted presence in prayer and meditation.
Well, don’t actually join me are neither of us would be investing in the silence and solitude that brings us closer to the Father. But, make a commitment today to create that space in your life for leaving everything behind except your relationship with Christ.
Will you walk away this week? Tell me how you accomplished this!
Praying For You
We’re entering the very beginning of Fall with what is usually a quick slide into the shorter, darker days of Winter. With the events of this year as our odd foundation, let’s make sure we start preparing right now for the upcoming season.
Get Yourself Armored Up By
– Practice positive thinking – Eliminate negative sources from your life, – Embrace people or sources that speak life into your day. – Pursue a tangible relationship with the Holy Spirit. – Accept the reality that you are God’s beloved and that He wants to bless you!
I love you and am praying for you. We are stronger together, so do not hesitate to reach out if this is a season for walking together.
God’s blessings to you, Scott Five Stones Church.Online
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