Yesterday my best girlfriend and I took a trip over to Atlanta for some quality time. We had a great visit just being together. On the way home, we decided that we need to be intentional about making sure we get together at least once a month with each other. We currently talk at least once a week with each other on our way to work, but it is different when we are in the presence of each other and our attention is on each other and not what lies ahead at the office. In her presence, I am able to share my struggles, my achievements, and my dreams.
I need to be sure that I am as intentional with my relationship with my Father in heaven as I am with my earthly relationships.Jesus desires to have a relationship with all of us. It’s easy to get into a busy season and remove our personal time with Jesus to give our schedule some relief. Removing Jesus from our schedule should not be our first resort. Our relationship with Christ is our strength. Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. However, if we remove Christ from our life, where will this strength come from? The strength we will need to overcome our battles. The strength we will need to overcome our struggles. The strength we will need to overcome the world. Jesus give power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength (Isaiah 40:29). This power is available to any of us when we ask for it.
Draw near to him, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8), that is the key to our relationship with Christ. We have to be intentional with our time. We have to talk to Jesus. In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). We have to read His Word. God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalms 119:105). We have to worship Him. The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).
When I am intentional in my relationship with Christ, my light shines brighter. When our light shines in Christ’s name, we can drive out darkness. We are able to reflect the fruits of His spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). I believe our world can use a little bit more kindness, joy, love, and peace. So I have decided to include worship, prayer, and study in my daily living. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). When I am intentional with my relationship, I can carry all my fears, hopes, and dreams to Christ. My relationship with Christ brings light to my life.
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.