Matthew 17:22-23 “When they came together in Galilee, He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised to life." And the disciples were filled with grief.” (NIV)
The disciples were filled with grief when they learned the destiny of their friend, teacher, and mentor. They were grieved at the thought of being separated from the one they loved and to whom they had devoted their lives. Are you grieved in a similar way when challenges, life’s activities, and other priorities pull you away from Jesus? The answer to this question can be revealing to your faith and relationship with Jesus. A vibrant relationship with Jesus that encourages, sustains, and directs your daily life should surely be left with a void when there is a break in relationship. Your life in Christ calls for His Lordship over your life. Matthew 6:33a says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.” (NIV) When you can skip a day without fellowshipping with God; go weeks with little contact; undergo major life activities without God’s fellowship, direction, and empowerment; and withdraw from the fellowship of believers for long periods of time, it may indicate a disbelief in Who God is and reflect a hardening of the heart that says, “My priorities and concerns come before God.” The experience and even the thought of separation from Jesus should grieve you. If you are absent or half-hearted in your relationship with Jesus, take this as a call to seek God’s presence every day as well as throughout each day. Seek to have God at the center of your life, so that He becomes the heart of everything you do. Don’t you want to sense the void created by doing life apart from Him? Be sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit nudging you back into relationship with Jesus when He is becoming distant or taking a backseat in your life. Approach your relationship with God not out of duty, but out of the sheer joy, refreshment, and purpose you find in Him! Lesson 3 in “Your Life in Christ” which is available at http://bit.ly/NCIz71 can help you grow in a vibrant relationship with Christ.