We live in a busy generation. If we’re blessed, we’re gainfully employed or full-time students. If we’re older, we’ve made it to retirement and can finally enjoy rest from our years’ labor.
I’m not sure about you, but when I’m not in school, I’m doing homework, or I’m at church serving in some capacity.
Service is my heart, and I love to give to the kingdom of God. It brings me joy to be instrumental in any part of the Great Commission, whether it’s preparing information packets for new members or facilitating bible study.
I used to think I was doing it right.
Then the thought crept in: “What about the days I’m so busy I don’t spend time with God?”
Sometimes I get so flustered running around for Jesus that when He calls me to spend time with Him, I come with my plethora of excuses.
Lord, I have homework.
Lord, I need to counsel one of my friends…they’re going through stuff.
Lord, I need to spend time with my significant other, I never get to see them.
To these excuses, the Lord points me to His Word. I love how The Bible is a living and breathing book that contains answers to even the most modern-day questions.
In Luke 14, Jesus tells the story of the Master who was hosting a large feast and invited many guests. However, when the servant of the Master goes to deliver the invitation to the guests, they all have excuses as to why they can’t come.
Some are taking care of property, some are looking over possessions and others are watching over family.
It sounds silly, but how often do we do this? How often do we skip out on the presence of the Lord because of earthly obligations, even if they’re Christian obligations? How often do we make excuses for why we can’t come dine with The Father and thoroughly enjoy His company?
I challenge you with this scripture: Luke 14:34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? NIV
As believers, we are the salt of the earth and without flavor we hold no value. Time with God is how we maintain our flavor, it’s how we can continue to season the Earth.
Don’t substitute doing things for God with spending time with God.
Ultimately, The Father wants your heart, not your hand.
Spend time at His feet. He longs for you.