We say we want to grow closer to Jesus but we don’t make time to grow closer to Jesus.
Growing your relationship with Jesus is like growing your relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Getting to know another person requires time. We spend time with the people whom we love and want to draw closer to and know more, spending time with Jesus is similar.
When it comes to knowing Jesus more, time is our number one problem. In reality we are not too busy for anything, it’s about what we prioritize. We make time for what we value. Jesus always made talking with His Father a priority in His day. Mark tells us in his gospel, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35). If the Son of Man made it a priority to talk with His Father, how much more of a priority should it be for us.
I see myself as Martha in the story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary. In Luke 10:38-42 Martha was distracted by all the preparations that she needed to do. But, Mary made space and time to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to Him. Martha was frustrated that Mary was not helping her out when she was running around the house to serve Jesus. However, Jesus points out that Mary chose what is better – to sit and spend time with Jesus while Martha chose to become worried and upset about many things.
In my life, I am the one running around trying to get things done. Even though they are good things, I am distracted from what truly matters in the end – spending time with Jesus. I put off spending time, I say I will do it later, I have too many things to do right now, and time with Jesus never happens.
We need to first sit with Jesus before we serve Jesus.
If we want to experience the life of Jesus, we have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus. Jesus was never in a hurry, He was never busy. We have to slow down our lives. How does that look like practically? Some ideas are, walking slower, single-tasking, mindful eating, or having a distraction free smartphone.
Getting to know Jesus takes practice. Practice includes prayer, reading scripture, memorizing scripture, and spending time in silence and solitude with Jesus. So what can you take out of your schedule or remove from your to do list in order to make a date with Jesus?