Are You Missing This Step?

Jen’s Gem:  Make time for God every day.

This week I was greeted with a flashing “Maint Req’d” warning light in my dashboard. Over the past several months, this area of my car has been lit up like a Christmas tree resulting in multiple trips to the mechanic followed by multiple swipes of my credit card to pay for the repairs.

It’s been quiet on the western front for a while so when this light popped up, my brain went south. I arrived at my church’s weekly prayer service after seeing this latest warning and asked for prayers for my car. I know. I know. But the Bible says God cares about every hair on our heads so clearly, He cares about my car.

The next morning, I brought it to the mechanic who informed me that this light indicates the need for an oil change. Since I just had this done, it was likely the indicator was not reset. In seconds, he fixed it and all was well with the world.

This minor, yet missed step in the oil change process caused me unnecessary angst. I realize that the mechanic did not intentionally forget to do it, yet this event has stuck with me for a few days now and got me thinking about:

1.    Distractions
2.    Busy-ness

I don’t think it was a coincidence that I saw a social media post that read something like “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Perhaps the mechanic was so busy that he was not paying attention. He couldn’t do his best work. He couldn’t spend the proper amount of time on my car and as a result, he ended up spending more time fixing his mistake.

Today’s culture rewards busy-ness.  We get so wrapped up in our to-do lists, that we forget or have no time, or are too tired for what really matters, including spending time with God. This is exactly what the enemy wants. 

The more he can get you to focus on worldly things, the less you will focus on heavenly things. Furthermore, the less you focus on heavenly things, the more you will miss God’s plans for you for that day and for your life.

  • God is not going to compete with your jam-packed calendar.
  • God is not going to shout at you over the noise.

The very first commandment says: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-17).

What’s a god? Anything you put ahead of God. This could be work, money, hobbies, TV or social media; anything that demands your full attention or that you think or worry about alot. 

When Jesus was teaching, He was asked what the greatest commandment was. His response:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV)

It’s very similar to the first commandment given to Moses and the Israelites. We are to put God first in all we do. Not some of what we do. Not a bit of what we do, but all. Had the mechanic put his all into my oil change, he wouldn’t have had to “re-do” his work.

The moment we open our eyes each morning, our very first thoughts and words should be “Thank you God!” He didn’t have to wake you up, but He did. Therefore, He’s got a plan and purpose for you for that day. He’s got a blessing stored up for you. 

Throughout the New Testament, we read that Jesus continually stayed in contact with His Father. Many times, we are told that He woke up early and went off to pray. He knew the importance of continual contact with God. He did not neglect this time, nor should we. 

What this looks like will differ for everyone. How we spend time with each of our loved ones is different, right? The point is that we prioritize this time.

Our time is our life. When we look back over the years we spent on this planet, we will not remember to-do lists, we will remember people. 

Maintaining these relationships and our relationship with God, through His Son requires our time and attention every day. I pray that you will not overlook this important step.

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