I think we can all agree that Jesus is a great role model. He did ministry well, He did relationships well, and He did life well. He understood His purpose and remained focused on accomplishing His purpose even when life was crazy!
Do you wish you could do that? Do you wish you could have laser beam focus in the midst of the craziness of life? I do!
As I have asked myself “How did He do it?”
I have discovered three specific habits Jesus maintained that enabled Him to accomplish His purpose and maintain balance in life. In today’s language we might call this Self-Care. It is something we rarely talk about in Christian circles because it sounds selfish. But in all honesty, it is an important part to “running with endurance the race marked out for us.” We can’t expect to accomplish our purpose if we are constantly running on empty.
Over the next 3 weeks we are going to take a look at 3 disciplines that were a part of Jesus’s self-care routine.
- He spent time alone with God regularly.
- He used His gifts daily.
- He stayed connected to others.
As we break down each of these disciplines and take a closer look and how and why He chose to make these disciplines priorities in His life, my prayer is that you will consider how you can implement these same principles in your life with the goal of accomplishing God’s purpose for your life.
To begin, we’ll spend this week taking a look and why and how Jesus spent time alone with God.
Repeatedly throughout the gospels, Jesus is found sneaking away from the crowds and even the disciples to spend time alone with God. Why? He needed to recharge His spiritual battery, and He did so by connecting with His Father.
In our house, I make it a priority each morning to have a few moments of calm snuggling with my girls before we face the day. We don’t have a timer set telling us when to be done, and we don’t do it so that we can check it off of our to do list. We do it to connect. These moments rocking in a well-loved, stain-covered chair are moments I cherish. I get to hear about the girls dreams, remind them of how precious they are, and talk to them about the day ahead. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, sometimes we don’t say a word. But we always walk away feeling loved.
This is how I imagine Jesus’s time was with His Father. I don’t see this time as a time to get His Holy marching orders for the day, but instead to be reminded of His purpose, to be encouraged and to be loved.
In a world of chaos, we need these moments of intimate connection with our Heavenly Father to be reminded of our purpose, to be encouraged, and to let the Creator of the Universe love on us.
People have debates over whether you should carve out time for Jesus first thing in the morning or at the end of the day or somewhere in between. The answer is YES!
It is not the time of day that matters…it is the time with Jesus that matters.
It isn’t the length of time that matters…it is the depth of connection or intimacy that matters.
It isn’t checking off the box that matters…it is opening up our heart to receive what Jesus has for us that matters.
God isn’t interested in you setting a timer and reading your Bible until the timer rings. He longs for a relationship with you.
And in our busy lives, this relationship won’t just happen because you want it to. You have to make it a priority – which in all honesty means that you will have to make the choice to schedule time for Jesus. Now don’t let the idea of scheduling time with Jesus tempt you into thinking that scheduling = chore.
Instead think of it this way. When you first begin dating someone do you feel like it is a chore to date them if they schedule the date in advance? No way! When that guy calls and says, “Can I take you on a date on Tuesday at 7 pm?” It tells you that you are a priority to him and that he is saying “no” to everything else at 7 pm on Tuesday. The same is true with Jesus. When we decide in advance to schedule time with Jesus, we are showing Him that He is a priority.
And I don’t know about you, but in my life things that don’t scheduled DON’T GET DONE!
Am I right?!?!?!
So this week’s challenge is simple. Schedule time with Jesus.
How do you know when is the right time?
Choose a time that you can meet with Him with the fewest distractions possible. For some of you this means waking up before everyone else in your house. For those of you with young children who don’t sleep through the night, this might mean scheduling time during nap time, or just after the little ones go to bed. It could be on your lunch break at work or before your workout at the gym. Again, the important thing is choosing a time that works best for you, and then protecting that time with everything you have – treating it as a non-negotiable.
As you begin to make this time with Jesus a priority, you will experience the love, direction, and encouragement that Jesus experienced when He spent time alone with His Father.
This time allows you to be reminded of your purpose and recharge your spiritual batteries for the day. It is a time to be loved on by your Heavenly Father and to talk about the day ahead. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you will cry, and sometimes you might say nothing at all.
In the comments I’d love to hear when and where you will meet with Jesus this week. And I would also love to hear how Jesus loves on your during your time with Him!
Do you struggle with what to do during your time with Jesus?
Click here to download my tips for a more meaningful time with Jesus and my favorite questions to ask as I read any passage! I began asking these questions over 20 years ago and I still ask them today.
I can’t wait to see how Jesus defines your purpose and encourages you as you make time with Him your number one priority!