First quarter down
Has God paid you a surprise visit this first quarter? How is life going? Good, bad, ugly? No matter the case, smile because there's hope for a better tomorrow! Here's an interesting devotional I got sometime ago.
The great need for the Christian worker is to be ready to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience is. The battle is not against sin or difficulties or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in work that we are not ready to face Jesus Christ at every turn. That is the one great need, not the facing our belief, or our creed, the question whether we are of any use, but to face Him.
We can work for God and do all things there are to be done, but we can miss Him. The Holy Spirit ministers to us in the quiet moments when it's just us and Him. I always think about God taking long walks in the garden of Eden, chatting with Adam. Those mundane moments mean everything in life. Are you too busy for God? Is your life too cluttered?
Jesus rarely comes where we expect Him; He appears where we least expect Him, and always in the most illogical connections. The only way a worker can keep true to God is by being ready for the Lord’s surprise visits. It is not service that matters, but intense spiritual reality, expecting Jesus Christ at every turn. This will give our life the attitude of child-wonder which He wants it to have. If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious (that is, using religion as a higher kind of culture) and be spiritually real.
Do you have child-like amazement? Do you still have the acute sense of wonder you once carried as a child? Has life thrown you lemons that have taken the sweetness of living out of your life? God brings that sweetness, He says we find Him in quietness and rest.
If you are looking off unto Jesus, avoiding the call of the religious age you live in, and setting your heart on what He wants, on thinking on His line, you will be called unpractical and dreamy; but when He appears in the burden and the heat of the day, you will be the only one who is ready. Trust no one, not even the finest saint who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of Jesus Christ.
Ignore the rules and regulations that cloud your vision of Jesus, no matter how enticing they may seem. Anything that takes away from your line of communication with Jesus doesn't deserve a place in your life. Better to live a simple life filled with Jesus than a busy life doing good for the whole world, while you miss Jesus.
Have a wonderful month ahead friends!