Jesus loved the poor – so, movements have arisen that make service to the poor the main thing. Even though Jesus never said that being poor was more noble or even spiritual. The lastest craze is justice – so we rush off to the corners of the globe to fight for justice… and often leave Jesus behind. We actually come to think that service for Jesus is friendship with him. That’s like a friend who washes your car and cleans your house but never goes anywhere with you – never comes to dinner, never wants to take a walk. But they’re a “faithful” friend. Though you never talk.
How many children have said, “My dad worked hard to provide for us – but all I ever really wanted was his love?”
This is – yet again – one more cunning ploy of the religious to keep us from the kind of intimacy with Jesus that will heal our lives. And change the world. We are not meant to merely love his teaching, or his morals, or his kindness or his social reforms. We are meant to love the man himself, know him intimately; keep this as the first and foremost practice of our lives. It is a fact that people most devoted to the work of the Lord actually spend the least amount of time with him. First things first. Love Jesus.
~ John Eldredge in Beautiful Outlaw
It’s easy to get caught up in doing activities for the Lord and miss the Person. Even good activities. This can happen in any relationship that loses the personal, relational aspect.
I imagine that if Jesus sat me down at the end of the year to review my “performance” (like they do where I work), He is going to be more concerned with whether or not I opened myself up to knowing Him more as a Person rather than how many “things” I accomplished for Him.
Not that we don’t want to accomplish things for the Lord, but when we set knowing Him intimately as our first priority, it is Him who leads us into the “things” He would have us do. True divine activity in the world today is that which is initiated out from a vibrant relationship with Jesus.
The Apostle Paul counted all things as garbage compared to knowing Christ (Philippians 3:8).
Last month I and the folks at the 3rd Race blog all wrote about ways to create time with Jesus.
Some ideas for new ways to eat and drink the Lord:
- A Walk with God
- New Experiences With the Lord
- Date With the All in All
- Locked in a Box
- Creating with the Creator
- Tell Me About It
- Seeing Christ in the Courtyard
- Your Favorite Meals
Follow the Life!