I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. - John 15:5 (NIV)
It seems I have a never ending to-do list and never enough time to get everything done. Can you relate? It’s so easy for us to get burnt out with everything we have on our plate.
The demands of an overwhelmed schedule, combined with distractions that divert us off course, make for a stressed soul living in a parched land. And, my goodness does the enemy love when we’re too busy and distracted to be with Jesus. But, how can we shift our focus to find a healthy balance? How do we remain in Him and live out being a branch that bears much fruit?
We don’t have to look too far for an example. If we examine the life of Jesus in the gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) we will find that Jesus spent a lot of time with God in prayer. For me, prayer is simply having a conversation with God. It’s making the time to spend with Him first and foremost. It’s being honest with Him and not holding anything back. It’s meditating on His truth from the Bible, and repenting of our sins. It’s intimacy like you’ve never experienced. If you’ve ever found yourself fantasizing and desiring a real-life love story, you won’t find any more fulfilling than the one you’ll have with God.
Apart from God, I’m a hot mess. I want my fruit to be a testimony of who my gardener is. I want my soul to cling to Him (Psalm 63:6-8 ESV) always. How about you?
Have you ever read or heard the quote “You become like the five people you spend the most time with”? I’m not sharing that to imply the more time we spend with God, the more we’ll become Him. Oh mylanta! Talk about a God complex. But, what I am saying is that the more time we spend with God, the better we can reflect His image to others, live out the commandments Jesus gave us, be more aligned with God’s will, and be better equipped for every battle we face for we’ll be clothed in the full armor of God. We will begin to crave time with Him and make it a priority in our life. Spending time with God is a very effective Satan repellent.
And, did you know that God desires to spend time with you?
I don’t want to leave without addressing an area I’ve been known to struggle with, and perhaps you do too. It goes a little something like this: “Why would God want to spend time with me? I’m so unworthy of His love.”
God created us in His image! Do you know what an honor that is? He sent His Son to swallow our sin so that we could have the gift of eternal life. There are no words to describe that honor and that sacrifice. We are worthy because of who God is and what He’s done in and through us.
Sister, any time the enemy whispers the lie that you are unworthy, remember that you are a child of God, that He chose you and will always fight for you. Call on the name of Jesus and take refuge in Him.
1. Examine your schedule. Is spending time with God already a part of your every day? If not, figure out when you can carve that time in for Him daily. I promise you, it’s a gift you don’t want to miss out on.
2. In what areas do you struggle when it comes to talking to God? Sometimes we overthink it. God knows you better than you know yourself. Be transparent and leave room for The Holy Spirit to guide you. There is no right or wrong way as long as you’re taking the time to spend with Him.
Heavenly Father, thank You for creating me in Your image, for choosing me and loving me so much that You sent Your Son to take my sin. Thank You for this community of women that point me back to You. Please help me to keep You at the center of my life and spend time basking in Your Presence daily so that I can know You better and love others the way You intended. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.