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Intentional Relationship

Matthew 7:13-23

Verse 21 Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Yesterday we talked about the first question in our relationship evaluation from the other day. Today we are going to look at the last two: “Given the opportunity to meet with a close friend for coffee or tea do you make time to go?” and “If having to choose between your favorite TV show and alone time with God, do you choose time with God?”

We tackle these questions together because they really reveal the same issues in our hearts. The first establishes how eager we are to get together with a friend that we can see face to face. Not many of us would not take the opportunity to meet with a friend over a cup of coffee, tea or a meal. We would look forward to eating, laughing and catching up. We may even forego other activities we already had planned on or maybe that we really like to do because this friend is just that special to us. But is God that special of a friend to us?

The second question reveals one thing in our lives that we may prioritize above other things. Now it goes without saying that not everyone is fond of TV watching but you can fill in your own activity here. Maybe your favored activity is sports, hunting, Facebook or countless other things. The point is that we all have that activity that we enjoy and feel like we don’t want to miss and that is why this question is so important. It is so easy to say that we have no time for a quiet time spent reading the Bible and praying and yet we still find time for that activity that we really can’t seem to do without.

The fact that we let these activities push around the rest of our schedule but don’t let a time alone with God budge our schedule says we may need to evaluate what really holds the “God-spot” in our lives. Yes, that point may have just hit a tender spot but this is the truth. Anything that we can make room for in our lives when we can’t find time for God shows that He isn’t our highest priority.

If God isn’t our highest priority then we won’t be praising Him from a true heart of worship. If we don’t hold Him in high enough regard to spend time with Him daily then it is probable that we are not righteous of heart. Remember that the Psalmist said in the Sabbath Psalm (Psalm 92) that it is the righteous that will flourish. When we are in right standing with God because we are spending regular one on one time with Him, we won’t be able to keep from praising Him fully on the Sabbath and the rest of the week through.

Making It Personal

Is there any activity that means more to you than time with Him? Could you prove that by your schedule? Can you give Him praise from a righteous heart?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you like spending time with your friends? Do you consider God your friend? Do you like spending time with Him?

Closing Prayer

Father, forgive us for desiring other things more than You. Give us the desire to willingly spend more time with You. Help us build this relationship with You so we can give You the praise You deserve. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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