I was having a hard time hearing what God wanted me to write this week. Usually things are dropping on me all the time and I jot down the main idea and come back to explore it later, but this week I had a lot going on so I can honestly say there were probably many things God gave me but I probably wasn’t listening well. As I was sitting here with the cursor blinking, I decided to scroll my Facebook timeline and the first thing I saw was this photo of a quote.
It made me think about scenarios that we apply this to in our everyday lives:
If a man or woman you are interested in treats you like an option and doesn’t value who you are as a child of the Most High, leave because you deserve more.
If a friend only wants to hang out with you when they want something or when it will on benefit them, walk away and find true friends.
If your employer keeps undervaluing the hardwork you put in, seek out new emplyoment in a place that you can grow and develop.
This is often our stance or should be when it comes to how we are treated, if they aren’t making you a priority you move on and find someone who will. But how often do we flip it and treat the Lord in this way?
I can admit there have been times where spending time with the Lord was more of an option. I’d say “Oh, its okay I’ll study my Word another time and just say a quick prayer so God will know I acknowledged Him today.” or “I’m tired I can just pray and journal in the morning.” I treated my personal time with the Lord like an option. Realizing this convicted me so much and broke me down because Jesus didn’t make me an option when He carried that cross, was crucified and died for my sins! I was His priority regardless of everything else that was going on, regardless of the pain He knew He would endure, I was His priority and how dare I take lightly what He did for me by treating Him as option.
Take a look over the course of your days and honestly reflect on how much intentional personal time you take to spend with the Lord. Not at church, Bible study or a prayer group, but when you’re alone and no one is around to see or push you into His presence. If you notice that you may make Him an option I encourage you to take some proactive steps to change this. You don’t need to have a full-blown church service in your room to do this, but here are a few things you can do to spend time with Him.
Take a walk and talk with Him: Your words don’t have to be fancy, talk to Him as you would a close friend. Walking or Running are great times to talk with God, there aren’t a ton of distractions and you can focus on Him more.
Set your atmosphere: Listen to worship music to that really speaks to you. Some of my favorite artist are: Kari Jobe, Hillsong, Tasha Cobbs , Jamie Grace and Daniel Johnson
Be Still: Sometimes all we need to do is sit still and be quiet so that God can speak to us.
Take that step to spend more time with Him!
What do you do to make sure you are keeping God as a priority in your life?
I love you, and Jesus loves you more!