One thing my wife and I love to do together is to get outside in nature. It is peaceful and helps us disconnect from all of the stuff going on in life and focus on each other. I also like to connect with the Lord through nature and being outdoors. Recently, I took a walk in the woods with a couple of brothers that turned into a really rich time with the Lord. Perhaps this story will inspire you to unplug from the world and technology for a bit and just focus on Christ.
I am not an outdoors person by any means, but a few years ago, I went on a sisters retreat to stay in a cabin in the mountains for a weekend. With much encouragement from my sisters and an openness to the Lord, I experienced Him through outdoor activities in a new, refreshing way.
While early in my Christian walk, when I thought of "spending time with Jesus," I would equate that with bible study, reading a christian book, interceding, etc. However, when my focus shifted from doing ministry to simply Knowing Him, my perspective broadened a great deal. It broadened to include pretty much anything :).
Today's guest post comes from Shanda Scherdin. She's an artistic sister in the Lord, and she loves to see and know more of Christ as she communes with Him while painting. Check out this post to read more, and see more of her artwork at OvertheBrim.net.
The great business of Christians is to learn Christ. This is not just a subject to study. I want to ask you: What is the greatest desire in your life? I wonder if it is the same as mine! The greatest desire in my heart – and the longer I live the stronger it grows – is to understand the Lord Jesus…The one business of disciples is to know Him, and to do what He called His disciples to do: “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me” (Matthew 11:29). Jesus came to bring heavenly knowledge in His own person, and in His person we come into heavenly knowledge. It is not just what He says: it is what He says He is.
Saints, knowing our Lord is, in its full thought, a corporate gig. How many times have we seen, heard, tasted, felt, or even smelled something of the Lord never to share it with anyone else? How many times has the Body suffered because of it? I'd bet more than you think. I'd also bet you suffer more than you think if someone else withholds valuable treasure.
My "date" with the Lord last weekend was to do a home project, a "creation" as it were. A date is for the purpose of spending time with and getting to know someone. In this case, I was to spend time working with my Lord and getting to know Him better. The project was to make a courtyard out of the front entrance area of the house.
The members of the new heavenly Israel are people who have been delivered from self-interest into God’s interest, who have been put on their spiritual feet by Jesus Christ and are walking in strength in the way of the Lord…Yes, that is the secret – that we shall turn from our miserable selves and cease to be occupied with them, saying once and for all: “I am done with you, wretched self. I throw myself on to Jesus Christ. I take the one great step of committal.” Jesus never lets such a person down.