There are two things that are phenomenally important to your success and your relationship with God, but, as soon as the margin is squeezed out of your life, in almost every instant these two most important ingredients are also squeezed out of your life. You watch, as soon as you get rushed or overwhelmed, the two most important things that we should never let go of are often the very first things to go. What are those two things?
The first thing, is intimate time with God. Intimate and consistent time realigning daily with God, because by nature, as we seen a few days ago our hearts are out of alignment. Daily we realign our hearts with the Word of God, with His truth and with His presence. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33; He said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things…” you know, where you are going to live and what you are going to wear; “…all these things will be given to you as well”; when you seek Him first. If you want everything else to be added unto you, you must seek Him first. It’s like the tithe, you put aside the first and He blesses the rest. You seek Him first and the rest of your day is aligned to the heartbeat of God.
I challenge you again to spend at least 10 minutes each morning this week with God. Open up God’s Word this week daily, first thing, and just take it in. Realign your heart to the things of God and watch as the rest of your day, things are more productive and more in place because you have sought first the Father of all. The first thing to go is the most important thing. Intimate time with God.
The second thing, that very few of us have is intentional times of rest. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-29; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
When we get busy, and when we lose margin, we feel like we cannot afford to take a day of rest. God worked six days and on the seventh day what did he do? He rested! One of the 10 Commands, “Thou shalt honour the Sabbath”. In the Old Testament, God said; “You can work the land for six years, on the seventh year you cannot plant and you cannot harvest, you have to give it a year of rest.” Do you think anybody would do that today in our businesses? It is a principle of faith.
Here is the truth, if you don’t have time for these most important things it’s because you are out of alignment with God. If you don’t have margin, you are missing out on the most important things. Realign daily by spending time with God and taking rest, rest in your souls. Or, you can just be what the world calls normal.