Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Alone with God

{Matthew 6:5-6; ESV} 
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

One of the temptations that we face in living the new life we have in Christ Jesus is to settle for a life of religion.  This is easy to do because religion feels “spiritual” because its purpose is to connect us to God.  Yet, religion is an attempt to short cut process of true transformation.

One of the ways we will know that we have a problem in our relationship with God is when our “spiritual” life is done entirely in public, for the show of others.  We won’t use our private time to connect to God, but we will use public moments to appear “spiritual” or “religious” in order to impress certain people.  For me those people have been my family.  Who has it been for you?

Way back in 1895 a pastor by the name of Andrew Murray wrote:
If you are not willing to sacrifice time to get alone with him, and to give him time every day to work in you, and to keep up the link of connection between you and himself, he cannot give you that blessing of his unbroken fellowship.  Jesus Christ asks you to live in close communion with him.  Let every heart say: “O, Christ, it is this I long for, it is this I choose.” And he will gladly give it to you. (Humility and Absolute Surrender, emphasis added, p. 157).

I think Andrew Murray hits on one of the common experiences we all have as we follow Christ Jesus: being selfish with our time.  The older we get the less time we seem to have, and yet we seem to find the time to watch movies, hang out with friends, and go to the mall.  What gets sacrificed is our relationship with Christ, and thus our connection to our source of transforming new life shut off.

The most important choice we can make each and every day is the choice to put aside good things and spend time with God through prayer, reading, worship, and meditation.  God longs to give us life, but we have to ask for it.

1 comment:

Neill said...

I think the point that we have to give up good things to seek God is important here. Most of the time, we renounce things as evil or worldly to show some sort of spiritual superiority. But no, these things are quite good that we have to give up so that we can seek God.

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