How do I walk more intimately with Christ? Why doesn’t God speak to me? How do I know Him more?
These questions get asked by multitudes of believers on a daily basis, especially following a power packed service. Probably the most resent moment millions of Christians across America began to question their personal closeness with our divine creator was following the viewing of the movie “War Room”. We all had to create one. At least that was the initial plan.
How to build it? Where to place it? How do I fit it into my routine?
If we are honest with ourselves the latter question is what it comes down to for most—fitting time in the middle of our routine for God.
The question I pose to you is, “why does Christ become the extracurricular activity to our daily life? He becomes an activity that so often gets shoved aside for lack of time or something else shoulders itself in to take His place. Sound familiar to you?
The life of Jesus out of the Gospel of Luke lets us eavesdrop into a personal scene that speaks powerfully to this very subject—
Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)
“38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’
“41 And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’”
We all can so easily fall into what I will call Martha-isms. These, on the outside, seem like important, unavoidable, and necessary for success moments. But, really they are counterproductive stumbling blocks preventing a close encounter with God.
We need to retrain our thinking as children of God. Instead of trying to fit God into our routine why not center our routine on Christ? He becomes the nucleus in which our personal world orbits.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33—
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
This is the true priority; making Christ, and our time with Him first place. As we do things just seem to fall into place.
So, how do we start?
Jesus’ words out of Matthew 6:6 bring it into clear focus—
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
Let me challenge you to make this year one of seeking after Christ and a more intimate relationship with the one who spoke your very breath into existence. Instead of trying to fit Him in let’s ask Him to direct and guide every moment of our so-called routine.
I love you all!