“Set a fire, down in my soul, that I can’t contain, that I can’t control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God.”

Set a Fire, by Jesus Culture

I love that song. Lately God has set a fire in my soul and it is growing bigger and bigger with each passing day. And in the midst of my growing love for the Lord, my heart for the believer who is stuck in complacency has grown too. I want so badly to see each and every one of you experience the healing and restoration that I have this year. I want the enemy’s voice to stop being the predominant voice in your heads, and instead I want you to experience what it is like to receive and believe God’s love for you every day.

Since starting this blog I have had conversations with many of you who want to love God more but are still stuck in the mindset of what you need to change or do to get there. Can I let you in on a secret friend? God is the one who does the work. He is the one who causes growth in our lives, and it’s His job to complete the work he began in us (Philippians 1:6). But, as long as your focus is on YOU and what YOU can do, you will miss GOD and what HE can do.

Let’s look at the example from the Bible that I’m reminded of again and again.

“38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 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!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

Do you see what Jesus says there, only ONE thing is needed. Sitting at His feet listening to Him. He isn’t talking here about half-heartedly sitting at His feet and “listening” to Him because it’s “what you are supposed to do”. He is talking about spending time earnestly seeking him and enjoying his presence. Being 100% real with the state of your heart and asking God to do His work in you. And LISTENING to Him, receiving His love and grace and setting your mind to believe it (Colossians 3:2). See my recent post Recognizing God’s Voice for some simple steps to help you decipher the voices in your head and train your ear to only listen to God’s voice.

Friend, hear me when I say this: you can make the decision TODAY to stop being worried and upset about many things. The enemy doesn’t want you to realize this so he will pipe up in your head and say things like “its not that easy,” “people depend on you”, or “your husband will come home and think you did nothing all day”. He is lying to you. The truth is that IT IS THAT EASY. The world will not stop spinning if you don’t bake cookies for bible study, or you have to wear a messy bun to work. Your husband will appreciate the fruit of your time spent sitting and listening to Jesus when he realizes that you fight less (because you are fulfilled in Christ) and serve him more (because your tank is full) as a result.

If I haven’t convinced you yet to drop whatever your are doing and go spend time with Jesus, consider this: What is more important to you? A clean house or Jesus? Dinner on the table, or Jesus? Taking a shower, or Jesus? It might sound dramatic or silly because I know you are saying well of course, JESUS. But when you look at your day, do your actions agree? If not I challenge you to draw a line in the sand today, and DECIDE that from this day on you will make spending time with Jesus the first and most important thing on your to do list for the day. Make a commitment that if that one thing doesn’t get done, then nothing else on your list will either.

If you do this I promise you two things will happen. 1) God will fan the flame in your heart, growing in you a love for Him and the things he loves. 2) You will be more effective in all other areas of your life.

So join me in leaving those dishes in the sink, laundry in the dryer, or kiddos in their beds for a few extra minutes so that you can prioritize time with Jesus. The freedom you will experience in doing so will be worth whatever sacrifices you make to get there.

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