Making Time for Christ

Tuesdays in Other Words Meme

We must assess our thoughts and beliefs and reckon whether they are moving us closer to conformity to Christ or farther away from it.

~ by John Ortberg ~

I've found that if I want to be more Christlike, then I must reject some other things in my life. Naturally, I need to do away with those things that are sinful. However, I've been realizing that I need to be more balanced in all the good areas of my life, too. Visiting Christian blogs, reading Christian books, listening to the Christian radio station are all very helpful as I grow closer to Christ. But, I have way too much that I want to do and read, and not enough time.

Pastor Rick got my attention when he preached on this topic at our church. He told us that all of these Christian materials are beneficial, but they don't replace reading the Bible and praying with the Lord. I wish that I had taken notes as he preached. I can't remember all of his points or the scriptures that he referenced. However, he got this one significant message through to me.

That sermon was so convicting and whenever I find myself running out of time at the end of the night, my conscience gets to me. I'll blog for hours - reading inspirational posts and worshiping with Christian YouTube videos. But if I haven't gotten to my Bible study or had some alone time talking with Jesus, I start to feel a prompting to do so. I don't want to just know about Jesus, I want to have a personal relationship with Him. That means that I must reject some of the other things that I want to do in order to spend time with Him.

11 comments:

Motherhood for Dummies said...

oh glad to hear you enjoyed the sermon

Jenileigh said...

I've been dealing with this. I can spend hours or even lose days online blogging, witnessing, encouraging, or just being fed myself. But how much time am I leaving for reading the word? I pray while sitting at the computer screen but am I really devoting time to Christ. Thanks for sharing this......

twinklemom said...

Excellent post and so true! Nothing, absolutely nothing can replace going straight to the source in prayer to God or through His Word; Supplemental in moderation is good but nothing can replace God's word and just turning to God!

Denise said...

Such a wonderful post sweetie.

Heather@Mommymonk said...

I'm right there with you. It's easy to lose track of time doing good things which squeezes out time for the BEST thing.

Stephanie said...

Shari,
I could have written your post, though not as clearly :)

I loved this comment...
I don't want to just know about Jesus, I want to have a personal relationship with Him.

Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!

Kysha said...

Excellent post! Preach sista!

Cheryl said...

Great post. I can spend lots of time blogging! I have learned lots through reading about Jesus on other peoples posts. You are very right though, we should never let our time with HIM and HIS WORD go. Thanks for a great reminder. God Bless~

Terri Sue said...

You are so right! The Bible and prayer cannot be replaced with anything of this world! Thank you for the reminder!
Be blessed!

Karen said...

You made a very good point. Nothing - NOTHING - can substitute for God's Word or spending time talking to Him. Thanks for that reminder.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Karen
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Beloved MaMa™ said...

i completely agree...thanks for sharing