I wish I could say that that was that. God had pursued me, and I had answered him and remained faithfully in Him for the rest of my life. Oh how I wish I could say that…
Making time for God is hard. Between demanding jobs, taking care of the needs of our family, and trying to squeeze in a little time for ourselves, there’s usually not much left. I live for that moment when the kitchen is clean, the baby’s asleep, and I can fall gently onto the couch and into Netflix land.
But the less self control I have about making time for God, the more control my emotions have over me. As my expectations, demands, and selfishness increases, my grace for others decreases. The more I take in of the world, the more the world takes over me.
John 15:4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit alone but must also remain in me.”
I was still going to church. I was still praying. But in this new busy season of marriage and family, I wasn’t making time for God. I wasn’t investing in our relationship. Now the wonderful thing about God is that he wasn’t mad at me. He didn’t act upset or say “Fine, find someone else to deal with your problems then.” No, He was still as good as He’s always been.
But he did show me what I was missing. When I neglect spending time with God, I am much less in tune with the path that He is leading me down. Each passage, each verse contains a lesson that will aid me later in life. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in the vine. If we want to produce fruit in this world- good works, kind words, a graceful heart, then we must begin with God. We can’t pour from an empty cup. So invest in Him, and you will receive a return on your investment, on Earth and in Heaven, greater than you could ever imagine.