Reflection: Jesus’ life was a balance of three things. The first laid the foundation for everything: it was the priority he put in spending time alone with his Father in prayer. This ensured that everything he did was in line with this Father’s will––so much so, that Jesus was able to claim that the words he spoke were not his own, but were from the Father (John 12:49).
The second thing Jesus did was to invest in his team. He would say to them, ‘come away with me’ (Mark 6:31).
During these times, he would teach, plan, and encourage. Finally, Jesus would engage in ministry, i.e. demonstrate the grace, truth, and power of God’s kingdom.
Why am I saying this to you?
Because of this: If Jesus had a balance of these three things, so should we. Each is like a leg of a three-legged milking stool. Take one away, and the Christian life falls over.
Therefore, protect your “alone” time with God, your church community time, and your ministry time.
Prayer: Dear Father, what is it that conspires to keep me from meeting with you intimately with prayer, so that I know your heart? Whatever it is, I don’t like it. Father, I ask your help in protecting our times together.