Time with Jesus after becoming a mom looks so much different than my time with Jesus prior to parenthood. If I’m going to be honest, it has been so much harder to “find the time” to get before the Lord, free from distraction, and spend time with Him in His Word. I know all of you know the feeling. Whether you’re a mom or not, married or single, it doesn’t matter. Our lives are busy, and we seem to continually fill them up with more busyness. Then we find ourselves saying that we can’t seem to “find the time” to spend with Jesus.
The truth of the matter is…
We simply don’t make the time.
Because, the truth of the matter is…
We make time for that which we prioritize.
Needless to say, this right here has been my primary conviction for the past four months. I have found myself shifting away from the solid ground on which I once stood, daily rooted in the Word, and I’m here to tell you today that I’m coming back. I’m done making excuses. I’m tired of trying to run on my own strength. I’m desperate for Jesus.
So, this morning, I jumped into the book of John. I was kind of all over it, jumping from one passage to another in my study with my almost 5 month old sitting in his little chair right next to mine, and then I got to John 17:17. Whoa! Take a moment to read its words below, and sit for minute on them.
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
This short sentence is tucked into a powerful prayer that Jesus prayed for His followers. He literally uttered these words from His mouth to His Father in Heaven. As I came across this verse today, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed, for a few reasons really. One, Jesus prays for me. Just let that one soak in. Jesus prays for you. I love that! The creator of the universe takes the time to go to the Father on my behalf and petition for me, for you. That’s enough to keep my head spinning and my heart soaring.
But there’s more.
In this one, short phrase of Jesus’ prayer, He reveals something HUGE. He teaches us through His prayer here that the Word of God sanctifies us. Did you catch that? Sanctification, the one thing in Scripture that God is so clear about in regards to His will for our lives: His will is that we would be sanctified. (1 Thessalonians 4:3) I can only imagine how many of us have grasped at straws throughout our lives trying to figure out what God’s will is for us. Well, here it is, clear as day. His will is that you and I would be sanctified. Meaning? He desires that you and I would increasingly become more like Jesus, more and more each day. That’s it. And how does this happen?
The Word of God.
It is THE TRUTH that sanctifies us. It cleanses us. It changes us. Full circle moment here, back to where we began today. Are you ready for it?
The truth of the matter is…
God’s Word is THE TRUTH.
THE TRUTH is what sanctifies us.
Get in God’s Word.
It will set you free.
No more excuses. Let’s put Jesus back in HIs rightful place in our lives. First place.