We see broken people becoming whole, through the love of Christ.To build a community in which to belong, grow and serve. To love our neighbours by helping them overcome spiritual and physical needs. To contribute to Spirit-filled transformation in the city of Guelph.
I want you to imagine a relationship you’re in. Maybe it’s your marriage (if you’re married) or a close friend, roommate or family member. Imagine this person that love. Now imagine that every time you are with them, all they do is talk and talk and talk. I mean really talk! They never stop! You can’t get a word in edgewise. You can’t even agree with what they’re saying because they won’t stop talking!
Imagine, now, on top of all that talking, that whenever they are in your presence they can’t sit still. They have to always be doing some activity when they’re around you. Maybe they’re doing nice things. Maybe they’re cleaning up the dishes, or fixing something you asked them to fix. They might be doing really good stuff for you, but they’re still always moving, always active, always talking, never still.
If you were in a relationship like that, how would it make you feel? What do you think the other person might be missing out on in your relationship?
Now, let me ask you a question. In your prayer life, do you let God get a word in edgewise? Or do you talk, and talk and talk? Even if you’re saying good things, praising God or thanking God, are you always the one talking?
Similarly, when you set time aside to spend time with God, are you always doing something? Are you always serving, or reading devotionals, or even reading the Bible? All these things are good, but do you ever just stop and enjoy being with God? Do you ever just take time to enjoy God’s presence?
Changing gears, a bit, let me ask you how busy are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, how busy are your weeks? Do you consistently find you have too much to do and too little time? Are you on the go all the time? When do you rest? If you don’t rest, when will you spend time with God?
Sometimes, it’s important just to spend time with someone. Just to be in their presence, enjoying their company is a good thing! Megan and I really enjoy just hanging out sometimes. In the mornings, when I get up with her, I try to spend a few minutes just sitting on the couch with her, drinking my coffee, enjoying being with her. We aren’t doing anything together. We’re not playing together, or involved in an activity. I’m not entertaining her. We’re just enjoying being with one another.
Similarly, with Amy, there are times where we just enjoy being together. We don’t have to be doing anything, we are just together. These are important times for me. I actually feel pressure, sometimes, to always be “doing” something with Amy or Megan. I worry they’ll get bored or that I’m responsible to entertain them, or wow them or do something big to show them they’re special to me. But, while it’s important to do special things with your family, it’s also important to sometimes just enjoy being together. The togetherness is what’s special, their presence is what you’re enjoying, not the activity.
It’s the same with our relationship with God. Yes, it is important to worship Him, to serve Him, to spend time in the Bible, to spend time reading devotional material, or ministering to others in His name. Yes, these are all important things! But it is also important, sometimes, to just enjoy being in God’s presence, to just stop, be still and know that He is God.
Let me ask you, when you’re busy, when you’re always running around, is that abundant life? Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10b). When we are over-worked, over-scheduled and over-busy, is that the abundant life that Jesus promised? I don’t think so! Are you too busy to have abundant life? Because that’s not what God intended for his people! In fact, that runs contrary to the example God wants his people to set for the world.
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