31 Jan Make an Appointment with God (Part 1)
While Jesus was visiting His close friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus, (Luke 10:38-42) the Bible says Mary took her position at the feet of Jesus. She set herself in position to receive first. She knew that spiritual food from Christ had the capacity to fuel and nurture every part of the human spirit. This sets the precedent for the believer in the posture of their soul. We were created for relationship and fellowship with the Father hence, spending quality time building the relationship with the Father must be a priority in our lives.
The Bible says Martha was distracted in her service. She was not only consumed with serving but she was also irritated and annoyed with Mary for not assisting with the meal preparation. She was serving with a cluttered heart and a bad attitude. Jesus’ response to Martha when she complained about Mary is one that resonates with me: “but one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part which will not be taken from her” (Luke 10:42). When we choose spending time with the Father as the first thing in our daily life, we have tapped into the ‘one thing’ which is the main thing.
So, make an appointment with God; you set the time and the place to connect with and build the most important of all your relationships. The gains from investing in the relationship with the Father impacts and strengthens every other area of your life.
Distractions are those things that appear legitimate but lure you from focusing on the main thing. There are 24 hours in a day; everyone has the same number of hours. You have the power to allocate your time in any given day and you can choose to invest some of your time into your relationship with God. This is the time you spend reading the word and in prayer. The objective of this spiritual exercise is growth in your relationship with God and your faith. Jesus came in order to restore our fellowship with the Father. We cannot be healthy growing Christians without regular fellowship with God.
Spiritual health is important and we have to make it a top priority. The life of the spirit has the power to impact every area of your life including your physical well-being. This is what the word of God says: “I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food”.
We want to encourage you as you engage with this new year and decade and all you want to accomplish this year. As you set your personal goals, reset the various activities, tasks and plans, include an appointment with your Heavenly Father high on the list. Mary had her priorities right- worship first and then follow with service.
Have a fruitful and impactful year.
Remember Jesus loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.
Pastors Kofi & Jayne
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