“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 NIV
The greatest complaint I hear from Christians is that they want to be closer to God. No matter what age, race, or gender, Christians want a deeper relationship with the God they love. This complaint always stems from a person not feeling close enough with God or that God remains distant. The solution is simple. Abide.
How much face time do you have with God everyday?
Time is a commodity in our culture. We put time into things we value. Whether its working on a car, studying hard for a test, connecting with friends via Facebook, weekly lunches with someone special, or quality time with our significant other, we invest time into what we care about.
If you value your relationship with God, doesn’t this “time” principle still apply? You would think so, but how many times do we brushed off praying, reading our Bible, or sitting in the silence every day because we simply do not have the “time” for God? I do it all too often. I’m too busy telling people about God and studying things about Him to actually spend quality time with Him daily. Are you too busy doing life to spend time with God over issues of your life?
I wonder if we get so confused about God because we simply haven’t taken the time to get to know Him…
Or perhaps we don’t like to spend time with God because we are afraid of what we will find out…
But if we want to know God, we have to spend time with God, and by doing this we get in tune with the Holy Spirit and begin to live as Christ.
And this is “time” that changes one’s life. You may wonder why you never feel the power that people speak of when they talk about God in their life; maybe its because you need to learn or relearn how to abide, rest, lean into, converse with the One whom all power flows. I’m relearning it myself and am better because of it.
Pour your time into what matters. It maybe tough at first. You may still feel distant at times, but if you begin to give God priority with your time, He’ll show up to meet with you!
“If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:6-8 NIV
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