April 22, 2020 - Quality Time
When I woke up this morning, I thought about how much quality time or lack of quality time we give God. How much time do we set aside just for God? When we give someone the best we have, we are giving them quality time. When we stop and set everything else to the side and spend time with the one to whom you devote your time is quality time. You know how it is when you spend quality time with your spouse or your children, you set everything else aside. You focus solely on the person you are with. Today I am asking you to devote quality time to God in prayer, meditation, reading, worship, etc. Stop running and ripping, stop your household chores, stop your worrying and devote quality time to prayer and meditation today. Sometimes in our positon of ministers, we find ourselves so bogged down with troubles and struggles of others that we fail to devote proper quality time to our God in some way.
Most of us are familiar with the Bible character, Zacchaeus, the tax collector whose story is told in Luke 19:1-10. When he received Jesus into his house, people complained that Jesus had gone to the home of a sinner. Zacchaeus said to Jesus, "I give half my belongings, Lord to the poor." If I have defrauded anyone in the past, I pay him back fourfold." And Jesus replied, "Today salvation has come to this house for that is what it means to be a son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost."
My point in sharing this short story is to say that just like Zacchaeus opened his door to his home, may we open the door of our soul. Have we allowed God to come into our souls totally or partially? Before God can come totally into our souls, we must first of all let some things go. I admonish you today to let go of somethings and let God have some of your quality time. Spend that time in such a way that there are no distractions as we continue to forge a relationship with God. As you devote this quality time to God, simply say, "God I know you are preparing me for something special."
In this time of covid-19, may we believe that God has something special awaiting us! Remember, all of us stand on the threshold of eternal life, believing that we can trust in our God. Take time and discern what God has awaiting you that is special.
Today I suggest we make more room and time for Him in our lives. How we do this is by emptying ourselves and letting Jesus come in and take over during this quality time.
Daniel prayed three times a day. Daniel 6:10 "Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before." Daniel always prayed to God three times every day. Even though Daniel heard about the new decree, he still went to his house to pray.
Just in case we need to be reminded of a little detail in the story, Daniel refused to stop praying because of a new law that restricted him. His determination and conviction to prayer caused him to be placed in the lion's den. Just in case you don't, read Daniel 6:10-28.
In the end, king Darius changed thr law in favor of Daniel and declared that Daniel's God is the living God, He lives forever!
My point in all of this is that Daniel devoted quality time to God at least three times a day. May we start today by devoting one hour or more to our God? Put on some quiet music and just spend time in his Word, meditating and praying. Let something go that will permit you the time to do so.
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor