and with all your soul and with all your mind.
God commands me to Love Him with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind, yet I’ve neglected to make Him the most important one, my top priority. I don’t give Him the best of my time, yet I wonder why I haven’t been able to experience the intimacy I desire.
In my blog “I Am What I Am” I said I wanted to learn how to unleash the power of God’s grace in my life? I wrote, “During my quiet time with God: I’m submitting to Him, desiring an intimate relationship with Him, and earnestly asking that He release His powerful grace to change me so that grace will overflow through me in powerfully written works.”
However, all of my other relationships and responsibilities consistently take priority. When I attempt to be still with Christ, my attention gets pulled away by any number of things: the urgent (texts), the practical (coffee), and the mundane (dirty dishes). Making Christ my most important priority isn’t easy. Desire alone is not enough; developing an intimate relationship with my Lord and relating to Him as a dear friend is something I realize I need to carefully attend to. If I plan my time with Christ like I would a private dinner for two, it might help me develop a practice that could lead to the intimacy I desire.
Can you picture the small table off in a corner in a quiet, dimly lit room, with no distractions threatening to interrupt you and your special guest? I think the same principles apply to seeking intimacy with Christ. Making this picture a reality may require a bit of creativity or perhaps just planning out a few details will make all the difference for me.
- Make a reservation – I need to schedule the time on my calendar. If Christ is to be my number one priority, I need to plan the time alone with Him. All my other priorities get time on my calendar, why not time with God. If I can’t make time for God, then I’m committed to finding that window of time on my calendar that is spent waiting. Like time waiting for my son while he is in Physical Therapy. I’ve been choosing to sit in the car alone with Christ.
- Eliminate Distractions – To truly focus on any one thing I have to eliminate distractions. I need to turn off my phone & computer notifications. I need to go someplace the “urgently mundane” doesn’t threaten to grab my attention (piles that need sorting).
- One on One – Trying to read a few verses while I’m supervising the morning rush doesn’t work. I need to be alone with God.
- SHHH, I’m Listening – For me, intimacy requires both of us to share our heart’s desires, our hopes, and dreams. I know that God can speak to me throughout my day, but I’m trying to be an intentional listener. Intentionally listening to God is difficult for me. Quieting my thoughts is not easy, and I need a quiet place. It is hard for me to “hear” God’s still small voice.
- Supplies – The Bible: I like to think of the Bible as God’s love letters to me. Journal: If I do not write down what the Lord is trying to tell me or teach me I will forget. To Do List: When something pops to mind, I need to jot it down so I won’t spend time thinking about it. Coffee: I do need a little to help wake me up. If I set the coffee pot the night before, I won’t waste time in the morning.
Christ spared no expense and willingly paid top dollar for us. He sacrificed His life for our sin debt. We desire intimacy with Christ, yet we fail to make time for Him. We don't realize that Jesus’ is pinning for us and calls, “Come to Me!” Perhaps all we need to do is find a way to give God our undivided attention, and spend some quality time together.