We are beginning into the hectic season of the year.
Fall parties, ok Halloween parties, just ended, or are in the works, and we are all preparing for the 2 months of the year we binge eat and go to so many parties we cannot get time to sleep.
And in all of the hecticness of parties and seasonal celebrations what happens to our faith life?
We seem to want to make it all work on the one hour we get in on Sunday mornings, and if we make 4 Sundays of worship, then that 4 hours out of the month will carry us through!
If we only got 4 hours of sleep a month would that be enough?
We need more than 4 hours of sleep to survive, now one could get 4 hours of sleep a day and function, but only 4 hours of sleep in 31, 30 or even 28 days? That is 744, 720 or 672 hours in a month depending on the number of days. And 4 hours is only 0.537%, 0.556%, or 0.595% of the month!
Is our faith going to grow or survive on a half of a percent of our time?
A devotional life, according to Frogs Without Legs Can’t Hear, is “essentially a way of living in the world connected to the saving work and message of Jesus Christ; the intersection between the eternal with the mundane in a way that personalizes God’s saving work and word.”
We need to be connected to God for more than 1 hour a week, more than 0.595% of the time!
St. Paul wrote, “Pray without ceasing!” All of life is to be connected to God and that is what our devotional life must be.
If we are going to survive as disciples of Jesus, and grow in that discipleship we need to spend more than 1 hour a week with God. If you spent 1 hour a week with others would there be a vital relationship?
So as we dig into the busy party season, let us also dig into devotional time with Jesus.
Be on the lookout for our Advent Devotional at St. John’s, and the picture a day Advent devotional I put together. And if you need other resources, ask! I would be overjoyed to help.
And God wants more than 0.595% of your time… And your life and the lives of your family will be better off with more time with God also.
So Happy Party Season! And don’t forget about God, because He will never forget about you!