First Things First

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Mark 2:35 (NIV)

We’ve all heard the popular phrase, “What would Jesus do?”  Admittedly, by the end of the “WWJD craze” I was a little over it, BUT it will always be great question to ask ourselves.  

Who better to imitate than our Savior—the one who came to earth to die so that we could be feed, forgiven, and eternally saved?

In striving to love the Lord more, Jesus is the heart that I want to be imitating and the example that I want to be following.  I love Mark 2:35 because it sets a great example rising to meet God in the morning and Jesus’ priorities of first and foremost resting in the presence of the Lord.

Before meeting with his disciples to get the game plan for the day, before calling Mary to tell her about all how healed people and cast out many demons the night before, the first thing He did in the morning was to rise and meet with the Lord.  He prayed and rested in the presence of His father, and then he went out again to preach, heal, and drive out demons.

On Friday we looked at the “life tasks” that can get in the way of spending time with the Lord, but in addition to that, we can also get so caught up in doing ministry, or involving ourselves in various ministries, that in the process, we forget the importance of resting in the presence of the Lord.  We move from church, to small group, to Bible study, to leading another bible study, to tutoring, and then organizing the potluck dinner, followed by arranging all the flowers, etc. Throughout this, we’re also reading four different bible study books for our various groups, and before you know it, we’re doing all of these great things for the family of God, but we forget the importance of knowing and loving the Father of the family.  It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and miss the underlying reason of why these things are even important.

Jesus didn’t let His work distract Him from rising to meet and spend time with His heavenly Father.  In addition to fellowshipping with his disciples, first and foremost, he fellowshipped with the Lord, and after He rested in the presence of the Lord, then he went about the work that the Father had called him to.  

Lord, even though my life may tell a different story, You are the most important thing to me.  I pray that my heart will slow down and rest in You.  God, I want to know You more.  Before I get caught up in anything else, I want to be still in your presence and know that You are the Lord.  Rather than following after works, tasks, and doing things for you, fabove all else, I want to love You and I want to know You more.