Next Steps Into A New Normal
Being With Jesus Daily
August 15, 2021
Many of us are wired for activity and we get restless when we try to rest. In fact, for most of us there is a tension that has been described as being vs. doing.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-41)
Martha is actively serving Jesus, but she is missing Him.
Too many followers of Jesus are chronically overextended and doing more for Jesus than their inner life with Him can sustain.
The active life in the world for God can only properly flow from deep inner life with God. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3:14-15)
-The early church.
-Theologians from the early church into the Middle Ages.
“Do I really want people to imitate the way I am living?”
“In what areas of my life am I speaking of things I am not living?”
1. You cannot give what you do not possess.
2. What you do is important, but who you are is even more important.
3. The state you are in is the state you give to others.
Find your room.
When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Part of being still is silence.
The more familiar you are with someone, the easier it is to be silent in that person’s presence.
Prayer is not a technique to be mastered or a formula to memorize; it’s a relationship to be entered.
The news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed…But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16)
One of those days Jesus went out into the mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve…[as] apostles. (Luke 6:12-13)
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew…privately to a solitary place. (Matthew 14:13)
…while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
“Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (Mark 1:38)
“Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. He said, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Then he withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:39-42)
Do you think Jesus prayed a lot because He wanted to pray, or because He thought He should pray?
God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. (Romans 8:16 The Message)
Be before you do.