This week’s blog post will be short, sweet and to the point. A common complaint I hear among Christians is that they would love to spend more alone time with God (by praying, reading the Word, worshiping, etc), but they just don’t have the time. Well, Christians in Motion is here to help! If you have barriers that are preventing you from having an intimate relationship with your Creator, we will show you how to work around those barriers.
If you’re too busy for God, you’re too busy. I know that sounds cliché but there’s a lot of truth to that statement. If your day is a back to back list of things to do that allows no time for intimacy with God, then it’s time to rearrange your schedule. Exodus 34:14 tells us that God is a jealous God. He doesn’t want anyone or anything to come before Him. So, if your job, your social life, your leisure, hobbies, interests, activities or even your family are preventing you from spending time with God, it’s time to change that.
We make time for what’s important. For me personally, I had to come face to face with a harsh reality: I made time for everything besides God. We will juggle our schedules to make sure we can get our kid’s soccer game or ballet recital. We’ll call a sitter and leave work early so we can make it to girls’ night out or boys’ night in. If we want to see the season finale of our favorite show, we’ll stay up late, even though we have to work early the next day. Why don’t we go to the same lengths to ensure we spend time alone with God?
We make excuses. This next point ties in with the previous one. We often make excuses for why we can’t spend time alone with God. Again, I’m speaking from experience. I know that I had plenty of time to peruse Facebook. I had beaten several levels of Candy Crush. I had scads of time to read books besides the Bible just for fun. I had plenty of time for television. I had time for friends. So, why didn’t I have time for God? Well, I did, I was making excuses (aka lying).
You may have to sacrifice something. At the risk of sounding slightly redundant, in case you weren’t picking up on the points I was making, you may have to actually sacrifice something you like in order to spend time with God. You may have to give up some of your television time, or Facebook time, or video game time. Proverbs 10:17 says, “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray” Part of being a disciplined Christians is, occasionally, giving up something we want in order to obey God.
Believe me; my free time is precious to me. My girls go to bed around 8:30. I have to wake up for work around 5 am, which means I’m in bed by 10:30, at the latest. That gives me 2 hours. Those 2 hours of quite, kid-free time are all I have to recharge for the next day. I could easily spend those 2 hours surfing the internet or watching TV. But, every single night, at 8:30, I crack open my Bible, I spend some time in prayer, or sometimes, I just sit in silent reverence and thank God for all His goodness.
Side note: if you get home late in the evening, there is also the option of waking up early, too. If you normally wake up at 7 am, set your alarm for 6. Make a good, strong pot of coffee, put on some worship music, and be with God.
Don’t waste opportunities. When I was younger, I had a 40 minute drive into work. I used that time to pray. When I’m washing dishes or running the vacuum, I put on worship music and take advantage of that time. Sometimes, when I’m home alone, I’ll just walk around the house talking to God. We miss so many opportunities to talk to and worship our God…
Relationships require effort. I’m going to close with this point. For those of you that are married, if you only talked to your husband or wife once a week for 20 minutes, how strong would your marriage be? Parents, would you only play with your kids once a year? Would you call someone your best friends if you only saw them on holidays? Relationships require effort, they require work. While our relationship with God is different than our relationships with people, since God’s love is perfect (1 John 4:18), we still have to put in the time and effort. We can’t stomp around and shake our fists at heaven when God feels distant when we are making absolutely no effort to draw near to Him.
This post was purposefully not a giant list of “quick fixes”. Sure, I could tell you that it’s enough to read the Bible verse on your calendar and say the Lord’s Prayer in the morning, but I’d be lying to you. God wants more from us than that…
My prayer for all of you reading this is that you are encouraged to make time for God. Whatever you need to do in order to do that, I pray you will. And I promise you, you will not regret spending more time with your Creator.
God bless you guys.