In our pursuit to live truly for Christ, there are things in our everyday lives that stand in the way of us making Christ the center of it all. To live for Christ is to count all things to be a loss because of the excelling knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord (see Philippians 3:8). When we learn the essence of surrendering our lives to God, we make room in our hearts for God to do what only He can do. We can’t expect God to have His way when we allow other things to sit on the throne of our hearts. God will never force us to surrender. It’s a daily choice we have to make if we truly want to walk with the Lord.
Jesus valued the relationship He had with the Father. In all His ways, He acknowledged the Father. One of the greatest examples illustrated throughout the ministry of Jesus is found in Mark 1 which states “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”. He didn’t allow anything to hinder His relationship with His Father. He sought the Father continually asking that His glory will be manifested in all that He did throughout His life here on Earth. He arose early in the morning and knew what truly mattered. There was no phone to check if His disciples was calling Him. There was no notification of who liked what He did at Cana. His focus was on the Father. It was not about Him. It was (all) about His Father.
Looking at your relationship with God, what would you say is the number one factor that stands in the way of you truly living for Christ? Is it fear, status of your job, family demands, bitterness, laziness, your relationship with a boyfriend/girlfriend, social media? As you take the time to reflect, I pray that you will find joy in knowing that God wants all of you. He wants your undivided attention. He delights in knowing you and revealing Himself more unto you as you make that decision to draw nearer unto Him. God is near. He is not far fetched. Call upon His Name. Make God your priority.
In choosing to make Christ your priority, you must first understand that that there are things in your life that vie for your attention daily. I am here to remind you that “Everything Else Must Wait”. What are some of the things in your life currently that you give your attention to that are hindrances to you becoming all that God has called you to be? What are some of noises that stand in the way of you hearing the voice of God? Take the time to identify these things or people in your life. Whatever your case may be, know that God awaits you. He is willing to walk hand in hand on this journey with you but you have to learn to say No to the things that have your heart on lockdown and say Yes to God who pursued you before you even chose to accept Him. Everything Else Must Wait doesn’t necessarily mean that you should neglect your family, your friends and etc. The truth is, God cares about every detail of our lives. All that we have is because of Him. He is the giver of all things but we must not allow the things of this life to surpass the God that we serve. May we learn to abide in Christ in every season. May our hearts be open to knowing God more and may we seek Him in all our ways. May our lives be a clear reflection of God’s grace, fragrance of love, and peace. May we cultivate a lifestyle of total surrender and faith in Christ that will point others to experience Him in a greater measure.
Verse To Ponder:
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Backstory to Everything Must Wait!
This topic came about when my cousin was singing a song. All he kept saying was Everything Else Must Wait. I knew the song he was singing but the song lyrics actually says Everything Else Can Wait.This was on August 14th, 2019. I mean I can’t even tell you how those words rang in my head. I wanted to write this post then but I didn’t even know where to begin. Here at 1am, August 16th, 2019, I am writing this blog post. Well currently 3pm now, I am finished. Yes, sometimes it takes me two hours to write a post. God surely had his way because God knows starting a blog post is so difficult for me. I pray that this blog post ministers to you and that you are encouraged to walk daily in light of the God’s love for you 💞.