“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
One of the challenges we all face in relationships is the ability to stay connected. This is true with the people in our lives and in our relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible says that you cannot bear fruit in your life if you’re not connected to Jesus Christ on a regular basis (John 15:5). I’ve been a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ for over 30 years and I must admit that one of the most challenging things in my life is keeping a consistent devotion time or time alone with God. Peaks and valleys take place in our walk with God. You might be struggling with your devotion time and asking the same question I ask myself. Why? Why is my devotion time with God a challenge? I love Jesus and I desire to spend time with Him, but why is this difficult? It’s a challenge because everything in life fights against us from spending time with God. Satan is real and he knows that if he can keep you disconnected from God, you’re not going to be an effective Christian. You will lead the defeated Christian life until you realize Jesus’ point, that “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). You will have no strength. You will have no power. You have no defense against temptations. Interruptions will happen. Distractions will take place. And time with God will go by the wayside. It becomes a slow, subtle drift.
The same challenges take place in life and in the relationships you have with people. If you don’t spend time with your spouse, you’re going to be disconnected. That’s why I encourage couples to embrace the concept of courtship in their marriage. You’ve got to make the effort and make it a priority to do what you did when you were first in love. You have to make your marriage relationship a priority because no one else will do it for you. You need to date your mate. If you don’t spend quality time with your spouse, you’re going to lose your intimacy with them. And the slow fade will happen and you will become disconnected from each other. All of us are susceptible to this scenario.
The same is true with us and God. Each of us needs to spend time with God, to connect with Him, in order to be close to Him and to have an intimate relationship with Him, and to feel God’s love and sense His presence in your life. God didn’t create us as humans to just do a bunch of activities, tasks and stay busy. God did not create us to be robotic and just check things off your “to do” lists; He created you so you could know Him and love Him. And in return, He could know and love you. If you’re not spending time and connecting with God, then you’re missing you’re purpose in life. Satan knows this, so his goal is to keep you preoccupied, to keep you so busy that you neglect connecting with Jesus. And if you’re too busy for Jesus, its real simple; you’re too busy because you’re being distracted from the number one commandment…”And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
What changes do you need to make so that you are connected to Jesus on a regular basis?
Posted on Wed, February 25, 2015
by Sam Petitfils