Not Spending Enough Time With Christ

(NIV) Mark 14:37, “Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” He said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?”

Three different times Jesus went to prepare for what would happen to Him. Three different times He asked the disciples to keep watch, to pray.

Three times they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

(NIV) Mark 14:40, “When He came back, He again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to Him.”

How different would it be if Christ called us out for every time we couldn’t keep watch? Just because we don’t physically hear His disappointment doesn’t mean He isn’t sad when we can’t keep our word.

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We are accountable to our words. If we plan to spend time with Christ, then we need to uphold our word. “I’m going to set aside this amount of time for prayer and worship.”Β 

Coffee date?

Tea time?

Fellowship?

It’s astounding how we don’t have to go out of our way to be ready for Christ, yet it’s one of the hardest things for many of us to do. Some take an hour or more for self-care to get ready to go out to meet with loved ones.

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God doesn’t care what we look like. He accepts us as we are. What could we do in the minutes or the hour we take to get ready for someone else when we are getting ready for God?

To prepare for God means to have a living relationship with Him, not a dead one. Not a past due one.

Not a canceled date.

(NLT) Joshua 23:08, “Rather, cling tightly to the LORD your God as you have done until now.”

We need to bow our heads in humility when we fail to keep our words. When we fail to keep our eyes focused on Him in prayer, and get distracted.

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For those thinking it’s okay because they haven’t given a spoken word of accountability, understand the moment we confessed with our mouth and received salvation from Christ, with our mouth we made a commitment to be Christlike.

With our mouth, we are accountable to spending time with Him.

God forgive me for not always keeping my word.

O God, forgive usΒ – King & Country

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18 thoughts on “Not Spending Enough Time With Christ

  1. Thank you so much for the blog post T.R. Noble. This really resonated with me because there were times that I said that I was going to spend time in the Word just doing Bible Study, but I never did because “distractions” kept getting in my way and eventually I forgot all together.

    Now though, I am starting to focus more on God and His Word than I used too and I am happier for it.

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  2. I’ll be a hypocrite if I say that I haven’t canceled my dates with God before. Now, I am happily making Him my first priority and I also take my Bible Study to work now so I can study at my desk. Great post, T.R.! πŸ™‚

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  3. This post really got me thinking. The time that I’ve been spending with the Lord recently has been way less than I would have liked; different things kept coming up, and other things grabbed my attention more than my usual daily quiet time did. After about a week of this happening every day, I had to stop and figure out what I was doing wrong. Turns out, I had stopped reading my Bible in the morning and took to practicing the piano for a while, instead. xD I hadn’t realized how important that time was for me spiritually until I stopped doing it! Now I’m practicing the piano later and reading in the morning. I feel so much better ❀

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    1. Way to go!!! I’ve been in the same boat. “Welcome, aboard.”

      Sometimes, I feel like time isn’t enough, so I work on just stopping time, if you will, and speak to Him. πŸ™‚

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  4. It is so strange that just last night I forgot to pray to God as I usually do right before going to bed. Despite the doubts I’ve been having these past few months I have always and will probably always give God a few moments of my mind right before going to bed. With the stress in my life right now I realized that somehow I had forgotten as I was focusing on other things that actually, ultimately did not matter. Thanks for writing this. I truly think God has a way to communicate with us in so many different ways as this was no coincidence that I came across this post today as I haven’t checked my reader in weeks!

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  5. This topic has always been close to my heart ever since I’ve renewed my walk with Christ.

    Sometimes we become lukewarm as Christians and take God for granted. But then sometimes there are genuine reasons we miss out spending time in word and prayer.

    But I think God understands that as long as we approach Him with sincere repentant heart; with an ache in our hearts we know only He can satisfy.

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