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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Too Busy for God"

Date published: 07/01/2012
 
Luke 5:15-16 “Yet the news about Him (Jesus) spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”  (NIV)  
 
Your intimacy with Jesus will largely be determined by the time you spend with Him. John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.”  Your growth, direction, and abundance of life in Christ will be largely determined by your intimacy with Him.  Philippians 1:9-10 says, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight , so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”  Followers of Christ consistently lack an intentional plan to spend time with Him all the while knowing the great benefits it affords - Intimacy with Jesus, spiritual growth, and the abundance of life He desires for you.  The number one reason people give for not spending time with God is lack of time.  These verses show that Jesus had a similar problem with time.  Wherever Jesus went, He drew great attention which inevitably brought great crowds and more demands on His time.  Yet Jesus consistently made time to be with His heavenly Father.  Time with God is a matter of priorities – making Jesus Lord of your life. In reality you have time for God, but your priorities have not afforded you the time needed to cultivate your relationship with Him.  If your number one priority is God and your life flows out of that relationship, you will have picked the most important priority.  Your time spent with God to build relationship with Him is the fuel that not only propels your life, but also propels it in the right direction for the greatest possible fulfillment and kingdom purpose.   
 
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”