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Reaction of Defined Relationship

Matthew 7:13-23

Verse 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Yesterday we closed out our time together asking some intense personal questions. Today we are going to start examining our answers and see what our answers have to say about our Sabbath keeping praise.

The first of our questions was, “Do you have a daily personal quiet time with God that includes reading the Bible and praying?” The answer we give to this question has us thinking about the actual effort we make daily to build our relationship with the Father. The higher the number we gave as our answer, the higher we value building the relationship. For those of us that didn’t give a higher number we need to ask ourselves what is in the way in our life. What do we value more than our relationship with Him? What are we more willing to spend time doing? These aren’t easy questions but if we truly want to build a better relationship with the Father we need to take some serious inventory of our lives and see what deserves less of our time.

For those who did place a higher number on the daily relationship, that doesn’t mean we get to sit back and glide along. If we want to maintain this level of commitment to the relationship we need to be intentional about maintaining our schedules to keep our time together with Him. We also need to see this as an opportunity for growth in that relationship. Are we just having this daily time set aside because it is what we have always done or is there actual life happening in those times together? Just going through the motions of a relationship to keep it can bring us to a point where we are not using the time together to be in His presence. Just as a family can sit at a table together and have no real conversation, so can we sit and read the Bible and pray without really focusing on Who we are sitting with.

For our Sabbath praise to flow from our hearts, our relationship with the Father must be on good terms. If we only see God as someone to give us everything we ask for, we will have reason to praise when He gives us our desires but we will miss how joyous praise can be when it comes from the heart of one that has been denied their desires and know that it is for the greater good that He said no. That person is the person with a real relationship with the Father. It is those people who will raise the roof with their praises because they know the heart of the Father from the many hours spent learning His will and coming to desire His will more than their own.

Making It Personal

Do you have a daily time with the Father? Do you think the time could use some improving? What steps are you taking to make a time daily with Him or to improve your daily quiet time with God?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you have a special time with God each day? What does your time with Him look like? Do you like your time with Him?

Closing Prayer

Father, please work in our hearts to desire more room in our schedules for intentional time with You. Father, You alone deserve our praise and we need to know You in a deeper, more intimate way to praise You as You deserve. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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