What we spend the bulk of our time on is what has our attention, and part of our heart. We often fill our “free” time with video games, watching YouTube documentaries and television, surfing the internet for things to buy, chatting with friends, pursuing our hobbies, etc.
We do not see any value in focusing our attention on God’s Word, His Kingdom, and the will of our King of kings, Jesus Christ. We give God one hour a week in a corporate worship service, and maybe Sunday School, or a mid-week Bible Study as well.
We rarely read the Bible at home, listen to sermons online, spend time praising God from the depth of our heart, read books with Biblical themes, etc. Yet, these sources are ways that the Holy Spirit can enlighten us, and that we can mature spiritually.
We see no reason to take the time to pursue spiritual opportunities, because we have what we consider, other more interesting activities to fill our time. We do not want to be guilty of becoming “spooky spiritual” or being “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.”
However, the key to a fulfilled life is to incorporate spiritual pursuits into the earthly demands that fill our time. We do not need to choose one or the other, because we are capable of doing both at the same time. For instance, we listen to Christian music as we cook a meal or do our chores or carpool the children, or we can read our Bible app while we wait in line or for an appointment.
We are able to share with others what God is doing in our life, watch Christian movies with our children one night a week or more, and carve out time each day to spend in prayer with our spouse. Just prior to falling asleep, we nestle into the couch with a cup of hot tea while we spend time with our favorite devotional author.
We are prepared to approach the Lord prior to making any decisions or commencing any project during the day, all the while praying without ceasing as we walk in the Spirit while following the required schedule on our calendar. Consulting God through each of these events saves us time and frustration, as it opens doors for divine appointments.
This spiritual focus allows us to experience the power of Christ in and through our life. He lives the Christian life for us during the activities in which He inspires us to participate (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:12-13). We walk in the Spirit and we stop fulfilling the desires of our flesh (Galatians 5:15-25).
Father God, we want You to manifest Your power during every situation of every one of our days. We rely on You, we trust in You, and we are developing faith in Your faithfulness. Remind us that we are crucified with Christ, and that we no longer live our life, but Christ lives in and through us. We live by the faith of Christ in us, because He loves us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
Help us to see the reality of the fact that we are temples in which Your Holy Spirit dwells (2 Corinthians 6:16; Romans 8:9-11). The extent to which we surrender to Your will in our life is the degree to which You are able to use us for Your Kingdom and glory. Thank You for filling us with Christ’s divine nature, Your Holy Spirit’s power and guidance, and Your love and joy and peace through every trial that we ever experience.
Thought for the Day:
As we adopt God’s plan for us as our way of life, we will decrease as Christ increases within us; we focus on what He focused on, we live simple and uncluttered lives as He did, and we diminish the carnal life and desires in our heart by cooperating with Him as He makes us into a new creation.
– 1 John 2:6; Ephesians 4:22-24