Sorry Jesus, not today. Sorry Jesus, I don’t have time. Sorry Jesus, I’m already in bed. Sorry Jesus, I had other important things to do today. Sorry Jesus, I forgot.
Can you relate yet?
I’ll be the first to admit that I have used just about every single one of those excuses multiple times and my bet is that you have to. Life gets busy. To-do lists start piling up and there’s never enough time in the day. With the hustle and bustle of life and busy schedules that never seem to end, Jesus often gets pushed to the back. And instead of craving the Lord’s presence, we start to view spending time with Him as a chore. We start to take the Cross for granted and “spending time with Jesus” becomes a cliche Christian phrase that holds little to no meaning.
WAKE UP, dear Christian. Jesus did NOT go to the cross after living a perfect life, die a painful death, and victoriously defeat death as He rose three days later just for you to make excuses about why you don’t spend time with Him. NO. He came so selflessly to save you from that. The Life Giver came to put new life in you so that you and I, sinners at that, can spend time with Him. He came so we could abide in Him.
If you read John 15:1-11, it explains why we should abide in Jesus. It starts by saying that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We must abide in Jesus and His perfect love in order to bear fruit but, we can’t bear fruit if we don’t abide in Him. The whole point of bearing fruit is to advance the Gospel and The Kingdom, because when people see the fruit of the Spirit in us, they see Jesus. Verse eleven says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my JOY may be in you, and that your JOY may be FULL.”
Y’all, spending time in the presence of the Lord results in bearing fruit and being full of joy. If this is true, then why on earth are we so lazy when it comes to digging in the Word and abiding in Jesus? Why would we make excuses when the end result is more time with Jesus, bearing fruit, and being full of joy? It all seems silly when it’s put into perspective, doesn’t it?
So, dear friend, my challenge to you is this: Be intentional about spending time abiding in the presence of our sweet King Jesus.
Quiet yourself before Him and watch Him do His work on your heart. Watch Him gently mold you and shape you so that you can bear fruit for the advancement of His glorious Kingdom. Watch Him fill your heart with joy to the point where it can’t help but overflow with it. Because when you see it for what it really is, nothing should stop you from abiding in the presence of the Lord.