Beloved in all seriousness, we must aggressively “TAKE” our time to pray, not just MAKE time.
Our first ministry is the same for every Christian. Our first ministry is developing our love relationship and walk in knowing the LORD.
We have a Living God that pines away in hopes that we will choose to love him and choose to give him our full attention. Our first ministry is always HIM and He is not far from us.
To “make time instead of take time” has a connotation that prayer isn’t as serious in our life as it should be. What takes up so much of our day that we cannot sit still before the LORD and speak and listen to our LORD?
God wants an intimate relationship with us. God didn’t create us like the angels. God wanted to make man in His image giving him free will and free choice.
God CANNOT make you love him or make you choose him. We are free moral agents knowing right from wrong. All heaven and earth reveal there is a God and we are without excuse.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is LORD of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the LORD, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhereto repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead,” Acts 17:24-31 KJV.
God wanted fellowship with man that was created “like him” where he could communicate and spend time away with us from our busy day.
God longs for a man that will choose to love him and walk with him in the cool of the day.
That no matter how we deviate in our plans and path, we are to be tuned in to hear him ‘but whisper our name’ from behind the lattice to come away with Him. He longs for our cohabitation, abiding and delighting in Him.
We are created for His pleasure, but He won’t make us love him or choose him. He will not and cannot make you choose to love him.
We are to never deviate from our first love relationship. Relationship with the LORD is foundational. You never grow up to grow away from that first love relationship.
We can never deviate from that place and expect to build anything else on that foundation that will last.
The storms of life will come and what we have built excluding the LORD’s solid foundation will be blown away!
If we are not solid on our foundation in Christ we build on a faulty foundation of cracks and holes.
God cannot lie but there is another truth that we must understand too. The other thing God cannot do is go against our free will and choice.
Free will and free choice is the only thing in this life that we fully own. Free will and free choice will fully cost us something.
When we die and leave this world, we take nothing earthly with us except the choice we made of where we will reside for all eternity.
We choose this day whom we will serve. When we were born into this world all mankind received the free gift of choice.
When we received Jesus Christ as LORD, we then offered our will by choosing to remain in his house forever. He is not about making us choose Him.
We are free to do with our life anything we wish. However, when He knocked on the door of our heart, we chose to open the door and let him in.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me,” Revelations 3:20 KJV.
There will be no one in heaven that didn’t choose to be there. When He knocks, it is our choice to open up and let him in.
God will not coerce, manipulate or push His way in. That is why it is so important to “offer up ourselves to God as living sacrifices holy and acceptable which is our reasonable service,” (Roman 12:1 KJV) We must choose to be chosen.
“And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever,” Exodus 21:5-6 KJV.
It is so easy to drift away into the cares of this life and forget where our life stems from. In the busyness of our lives, so many needs, wants, and other important things crowd our day.
Most of the time as Christians what is sacrificed is our personal, intimate time, with groom in intimacy.
Oh beloved! How He longingly waits for us to desire to sit with Him and commune with Him.
We are living in such critical times and so very serious that we must maintain a strong connection in our relationship with God.
Prayer, Bible reading, study, worship and obedience to God is not an option. Neglecting our care for God will carry a severe cost in our intimacy and relationship with the LORD.
Loosing those times and moments cannot be regained. The enemy will be sure of that by keeping us bound to the cares of this life.
In closing; we Christians have a Living God that pines away in hopes that we will choose to love him and choose to give him our full attention.
Our LORD, King Jesus loves to abide with us, and loves it when we “Take Time,” not “Make Time” for Him.
No matter how far we go in our ministry and growth, our first ministry will always be HIM and He is not very far from us!
Can’t you perceive Him now?
He is closer than your very breath!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey