I’ve recently read a passage in The Message that has really stuck with me, so I’d like to share it with you:
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG
I LOVE this verse! What a beautiful description of how we are to live our lives. Simply put, the focus of this plan for life is to position our hearts, our focus, and our energy on watching God; learning from Him, keeping company with Him.
Living this life of commitment to Jesus has a foundational principle: everything…and I mean EVERYTHING… comes AFTER our relationship with Jesus.
God intended for us who have chosen to follow Him to daily, continually, search after Him. To learn more about who He is, how He loves, and how much He wants to know you. This comes before anything He will call you to do. He wants you to be securely connected to Him and reliant on His power and grace to pursue each day.
If you try to live a life on purpose outside of this source of strength, you will only go as far as your personal resolve will allow. And you will never reach our potential when we try to do things on our own strength. The power and strength we need comes from a daily connection with the Holy Spirit.
Now, if you are like me, having an extra couple hours a day to go sit by the water with your bible, or curl up in your comfy chair undisturbed is not reality (though these options sound heavenly to me right now). But that is not what we have to do in order to connect with God. If you get to do those things, than go for it! But find that time every day- no matter how small- to sit in quiet and connect with Jesus. Involve Him throughout your whole day. Continually talk with Him, pause to think of how great He is, and always seek to learn more about His character.
My challenge to you this week is to write down this verse and place it somewhere that you will read it often. Remind yourself that everything in life comes back to walking with Jesus- being still and confident in who He is and who He has made you to be.