The Great Reminder
What’s up homies. Before we get into this, I feel the need to provide a brief introduction regarding my whole new blog site. Needless to say, I am excited to launch this puppy. I’ve been reading and reading for the past few years, and I feel it’s time to not only keep reading and reading, but also write along the way. As a disclaimer, the purpose of my blog will be to simply share what God is walking me through. What an exciting gig this is for me. I foresee my posts containing vulnerable, bold, fun, zealous, biblical, real, honest, and helpful content. My blog will lay out my journey. I welcome your interaction as I write publicly through this journey. My hope is that you will partake of the content found here. With that being said, let’s open up this pit.
You don’t have to put forth much effort to get caught up in things. Distraction is a common weapon the enemy uses to get our focus off God. Pastors want to preach with biblical accuracy and influence. Parents want their kids to grow up right. Leaders want to walk perfectly in the eyes of their followers. These good, God-honoring things are what’s at the forefront of many minds. But they are not what is most important.
I want to extend the most frequent reminder I think of that brings me back: It’s all about being intimate with God. You can be the best ____, but if you and God are not one, it does not matter. We learn what we learn so that we can ultimately be more intimate with God. We do what we do because we love God, or out of overflow of what love he has shown us. Do you see? Everything revolves around this one thing- intimacy with God.
Look at the first and greatest commandment we are given from the Bible.
“’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment,’” (Matthew 22:36-38).
We need to keep first things first. Are you loving God with all of your being? Are you talking with him? Are you learning about who he is? Are you honoring what he has given you to steward? Are you connecting? Are you praying to him? These are the things I’m talking about regarding intimacy. A prayer life should exist. Repentance should occur. Sanctification has to happen.
You see, we can get so caught up in professing all the right things without possessing the right thing, which is a true, biblical relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, I know this is such an elementary thought. This isn’t anything new. This is an old thing. But we need reminded of this as we go throughout the day. Like I said, I’ll be sharing what God is showing me as I walk through life. It seems to me the first and greatest commandment of Scripture is talked about less than the second greatest (love your neighbor as yourself). But it shouldn’t be. We need to spur one another on to love God first. What good is it to love people really well without loving God?
Yes, you can love God by loving people. You can even love others by your love for God (1 John 5:2). My point is that I hope you can let all the readings, preaching, working, resting, talking, and the listening you do take you deeper in intimacy with God. Don’t get caught up in all the good things you miss the God-things. Take all that you encounter and use it to go deeper in intimacy with God.