In a conversation with a brother yesterday, it was discussed how we often allow other things to interrupt our time in the word. As we spoke my mind went to other seasons of my life when I even spent more time reading other books about the scripture rather than being with God through His word personally. The idea of this seems harmless but three things came to mind out of our conversation that I felt were worth sharing:
- When we are using other people’s writing to secure our fellowship an intimacy with Christ, we are not living and walking with him directly but vicariously. It begs to be said that Christians “should” read good writing and theologically sound books, however, these cannot be our staple but should be viewed sort of like “cakes” or “candy”. We are ok to have a slice but not more than solid healthy food. The writings of others should shed clarity and “aha” moments in our worship. They should drive us back to Christ, our true Husband, not wanting more of another man’s romance with our King. Just a thought.
- When we constantly debate in our minds about our time and how we just don’t have any extra time for the scripture and study, we need to ask ourselves a hard question. “What do I really love?” Usually as we peel back the layers of hours and write them down for a few weeks, we see just how selfish and self-loving we really are. We come to the realization that we are spending our time on our stuff and that we truly do give to “ME” everything that we want.
- In this line of thinking, I wonder what the consequence would be if a husband took his wife on an anniversary date and then half way through dinner he takes a call from a buddy who then begins to dialog about a sporting event they watched the week before. After an hour into the phone call, the women walks out and gets a cab for home. The man has no reason to be perplexed by her actions. What does this have to do with the topic of this article? Everything. When we say that other people and other things interrupt our time with Christ, we are doing the same thing this man did, placing other “joys” above his true love. This type of behavior shows where are true love really is. Think about it.
In closing, remember that our joy in Christ is complete when we are confident in Christ, His sufficiency in all things and passionately growing in our worship of Christ. These things are ONLY accomplished through the living Word of the bible. Take a moment, write down an hourly account of your day and a weekly account of where you spend your time spiritually. Then decide if your profession of being a lover of Christ really plays out in the stewardship of your time. Hmmm… makes me think about where I spend my money too. Another post maybe.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.(2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV)
And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.(2 Peter 1:19-21 ESV)