I don’t know about you, but my life seems to get so busy that often, God gets squeezed out by the pressures of life and by all the stuff I have to do! I still manage to pray and read the Bible each day, but somehow, I have lost my priorities amongst the busyness of life.
God has been challenging me for a while now to pray more and to spend more time in His presence and I have desperately wanted to do this but it has been hard!
Last weekend Scott and Hilary Dalton came to ECB and Scott preached a powerful sermon on Sunday evening from a passage from Hebrews about Jesus, our High Priest. Jesus died once and for all and because of Jesus, we are able to enter God’s presence. How amazing is that!
We were invited to ‘draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings...’ and it was wonderful just to rest in God’s presence and be filled with His Spirit.
On Monday evening, some of the Emmanuel Church leaders met with Scott and Hilary , and Scott gave a reflection on the story of Martha and Mary, and how Jesus told Mary that, by spending time with Him, she ‘has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ We were told that spending time with Jesus is the most important thing we can do, over and above our ministries and church duties.
As we spend time in God’s presence and as we have our spiritual tanks filled up by His Holy Spirit, we are equipped and ready to go out and do whatever he calls us to do in His strength and with His love burning inside us.
Our identity is in Christ and not in what we do, or what others think of us. Our motivation comes from time spent with our Heavenly Father, not from any worldy desires or needs.
This will impact not only our church life and ministries in which we are involved, but also our times with families, neighbours, work colleagues and within our communities. I really needed to hear this and I am looking forward to some precious times with Jesus in the days and weeks ahead! So, ‘let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ Hebrews 4:16