“Somehow I assumed I was just too busy to give special, regular time to be with Christ. This was not a deliberate decision, you understand; it just seemed to happen that way. Eventually not only was the period shortened, but I began to miss days now and then…..Matters of urgency demanding my attention were continually crowding out the quiet times of conversation with Jesus.
One morning, I recall rushing down the steps in a hurry to be on my way to an important appointment. As I passed the living room, the door was open. Glancing in I saw a fire in the fireplace and Jesus sitting there. Suddenly, in dismay, it came to me, ‘He is my guest. I invited him into my heart! He has come as my Savior and Friend to live with me. Yet here I am neglecting him.’
I stopped, turned and hesitantly went in. With downcast glance I said, ‘Master, I’m sorry!’ He said, ‘The trouble is that you have been thinking of the quiet time, of Bible study and prayer, as a means for your own spiritual growth. This is true, but you have forgotten that this time means something to me also. Remember, I love you. I value your fellowship. Just to have you look up into my face warms my heart. Don’t neglect this hour if only for my sake. …. remember I want to be with you. I really love you!’ ”
The Living Room – Excerpt from “My Heart-Christ’s Home” by Robert Boyd Munger
Commit yourself to spending time with God daily in prayer, meditation, reading the Bible and/or a devotional. Talk to Him, He wants to hear from you and spend time with you.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.
Isaiah 55:3 (NIV)
Just as Jesus encouraged us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), we should feed on God’s word every day.