One of the blessings of being quarantined for a few months was the opportunity to create a new rhythm. While waiting for churches to open up and community groups to start back up again, we were able to really dive into digital platforms to hear God’s Word taught. At any time throughout the day and week, we could tune into great teachers and commit even more to our faith walk. By slowing down other areas of our lives, we have been able to give so much more focus to our relationships with Christ.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” My focus has been maintaining a right relationship with God first. This needs to be my primary concern for life. When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that His relationship with the Father is the most dominating focus of His life. Shouldn’t this be the case for us as well? Spending time with God and meditating on His truths has to be more paramount in our lives than any other thing! And there’s never been a day or age where we have more resources and platforms to digest God’s truths.
As people start to go back to church, I hope that they do so, wanting to pursue God with a new sense of urgency. The urgency we have as the people of God may have been there before, but we must be more proactive than we have been. If God really will be returning, as His Word tells us He will, we won’t have any warning signs. It’s not like the pandemic will hit the Eastern region of the world before it hits us, hinting of what will come. God will be breaking the clouds open without warning. This has to create a sense of urgency in all of us to pursue Christ with no inhibitions and to challenge others to do the same!
This urgency should take over our lives. If we have 30 minutes to schedule calls or tune into meetings throughout the day, we should be able to schedule 30 minutes of time with Jesus. Lately my family and I, in addition to our personal devotional times in the morning, have implemented a family devotional time on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. I’ve been intentional to spend 15 minutes in devotion with Him after I put my kids to bed. And my wife and I have been teaching our 5-year-old daughter to memorize Psalm 33. We’re doing this with a sense of urgency and passion to grow closer to God.
If we are able to spend an hour each day investing in our lives here in this world, how much more should we spend one furthering the Kingdom?
— Kelvin Beachum, NFL left tackle
Kelvin Beachum is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Kelvin’s Increase profile here.
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