“I guess I’ll be seeing a lot of sunrises”…I was on the couch with my freshly brewed coffee, looking out my East window at the pink sky of sunrise.
I was thinking about the fact that God had asked me to meet Him daily at sunrise to listen for his voice. He had reiterated this morning his need to speak to me early, saying, “The spirit realm and your fleshly spirit become very active shortly after the sun rises and it becomes more and more difficult for you to hear my voice without confusion and conflict.” Prior to this I had always waited until after I was finished praying and reading my Bible to listen for God’s voice. The fact that I didn’t always get up super early sometimes put my time to listen for God’s voice well into the full swing of morning. I can attest to the fact that the later it gets the more restless and impatient I become and the busier the street becomes outside my window and the more distractions there are. God has had much to say to me about my time management. Some time ago he spoke to me of, “the life-blood” of the day passing. He also called it the “stream which when it is passed, cannot be called back.” (these quotes are as I can remember them) He has also told me that he gives only a certain amount of time and, “will give no more”. All of this being said, I am very serious about doing my best to spend my time doing what he asks me to do. (like write this post) Everything must take second place to “Kingdom work”. Like he spoke to me this morning, among other things,
“Start your day, daughter. If you do not waste time you will yet be able to accomplish the many things that have come to your mind that you must do. Only see to it that you do as I have asked you, for it is kingdom work and kingdom work must always come first.”
So, this very short post is to ask you…how do you spend your time? Is “kingdom work” your highest priority? Is it your “job”? Do you adjust your schedule so that your time with God is non-negotiable, whether that means something’s got to give, like sleep or entertainment or whatever else not measuring up to “kingdom work”? You see, the more time you give to God, the more precious it becomes. It ceases to be something that you have to “make sure happens”, because it becomes downright miserable to have it cut into. If the “life-blood” of your day has been poured out and you found time to finish a great book and are now trying to stay awake to read a chapter of your Bible, or you watched your favorite series and now in your prayer time you are having trouble focusing on God, or you participated in an entertainment or conversation that made you feel slightly unclean and now you feel a little awkward about speaking to God…something’s got to give! All of this leads to spiritual coldness or worse yet, being spiritually lukewarm. When you have to depend more and more on “church” to rev you up…there is something wrong.
Your spiritual fire should be like that big log on the fire that burns steady and hot and is capable of causing other logs to catch fire. You simply cannot have spiritual authority on an appetite of spiritual snacks.
Like I’ve said many times before…relationships take time to develop and maintain and your relationship with God takes time to develop and grow. You will never, ever, ever regret time spent with God and time spent doing “kingdom work”. It’s not hard to want to spend time with the love of your life. Jesus is the love of my life…how about you?
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.