Taking Time for God

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Kids can overwhelm us.

So can our job, our church, and getting the lawn done.

There are times we push God aside because he’s the one that doesn’t complain.

“God understands,” we say, excusing our wayward behavior.

We are better off to take time for God. Our other priorities will fall in place with precision exactitude when God is in first place.

Here are four ways we can make time for God.

God Break No. 1:

Genesis 2:2 puts God as our prime example. The Creator set aside time to rest, and we should find time to relax in God. Focus on him. Join him in prayer and in study of the Word.

“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.”

God Break No. 2:

Ecclesiastes 3:13 says the good things of life are ours to enjoy. We work hard for God’s blessings, and when we take time with family and friends at our lake house or around the pool, we honor what God’s done for us.

“Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.”

God Break No. 3:

1 Corinthians 3:8-9 paints us as partners with God. We must not be in competition for pride’s sake. That’s not God’s way. We are to support and uplift our coworkers and family so that everyone is honored in God.

“He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.”

God Break No. 4:

Ephesians 4:28 says our work is directly related to our relationship with God. That means we partner with him in our success and in how we spend what we earn. When we give back to God and help our fellow man, God’s heart is opened toward us.

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”

God is not a Sunday God. He is part of everything we do. He wants to be a helper to us every day. When we choose to start each morning with him and keep him in in our daily thoughts and decisions, we honor his gift of salvation 2,000 years ago.

There is nothing better each day than to make Jesus part of everything we do and say.

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Excerpt of the Day

When we are broken for God, we are exactly who he needs us to be.

From The Consolation Prize,  Posted 22 August 2014