Do You Value Your Time Spent with God?
Learning to Appreciate Each Moment with the Lord
by Veritas Vita 777
I saw this quote today, “To be much like Christ, be much with Christ.” I don’t know who said it. This was credited as unknown online. There is much truth in that short statement. If you want to be like Jesus, you need to spend time with Him.
Reading that quote made me think about how much I value my time spent with the Lord each day. Those ruminations brought me to read the following passage from Colossians 3:12-17, titled Character of the New Man.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Col. 3:12-17, NKJV)
Spending time with the Lord will result in you growing in the likeness of God. You can read I John 2:6, Galatians 2:20, Romans 12:1-2, I Cor. 11:1, 2 Cor. 3:18, Romans 8:29, Eph. 2:10, Phil. 1:6, John 3:30, and Eph. 5:1-2 for more references on growing in your spiritual walk and developing your new character in the Lord.
This passage from Colossians gives a roadmap for developing the character of the New Man in your life as the elect of God, holy and beloved. Paul urges believers to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering. You can’t do those things apart from God working in your life. However, when God is working in your life – and you value the time you spend with Him – He will enable you to bear with one another and forgive each other.
The most important lesson to be learned from this passage – and God’s Word as a whole – is found in verse 14. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. God is love. He sent His Son, Jesus to die for the sins of everyone in the world. He calls His children to love others as well. You’re not supposed to condone sin. But, you’re supposed to speak the truth in love (See: Eph. 4:15). Be honest with each other, but do it with love from God and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I value my time with the Lord through Bible study and application in my life. I love spending time with Him in prayer and worship. I’m not perfect in this area. No one is. I’m sharing this in the hopes of encouraging other believers to value every minute they spend with the Lord as well.
Do you value your time spent with the Lord?
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