Creating a RHYTHM and Relationship with Jesus
As a pastor, my personal relationship with Jesus is not for the job; it is the job.
Our vocation in life is not our highest priority. As followers of Christ, it is our greatest priority to follow Him and be led by Him.
We are all Christ followers first. Not Pastors. Not plumbers. Not Teachers. Not even parents or spouses. As friends and followers of Jesus, we can never forget that our priority in this life—before pastoring, plumbing, teaching, or being a parent or spouse — we are to be followers of Jesus. This is why it is essential to develop a rhythm to your spiritual life that leads you throughout your day, not simply a few minutes in the morning.
Seeking Him first in everything can be a reality. He doesn’t want a place in your life, He wants to be the very Person who is preeminent in every place of your life.
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“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
There are many ways to bring spiritual rhythm to your life and those you lead. Here are a few methods that have worked well for me:
YouVersion Bible Devotional Plans:
Diving into God’s Word has never been easier with the YouVersion Bible App. Choose a Bible Plan to walk through individually or as a family and grow together by reading God’s Word.
Fasting and prayer:
The goal of fasting is to gain a spiritual rhythm by eliminating something from your daily life that will be sacrificial. The removal of food, a meal, tv, social media, or anything you choose will create a natural reminder throughout your day to pray, read Scripture and center on the Lord. I recently found Pray First – A Personal Prayer Guide from Church of the Highlands as a guide during a personal fasting time. Download this free PDF here. To be honest, fasting has never been a strong spiritual discipline for me, but this guide looks like it could be a great resource to grow from.
Specific Bible Reading Plan:
I have found a spiritual rhythm by committing short periods of prayer and Scripture reading throughout my day by way of the Daily Office reading plan. I mirror my own eating rhythm of breakfast, lunch, evening, and bedtime (yes, you eat late at night too!) with the readings of the day and pray those Scriptures out.
The Daily Office Lectionary has been extremely transformative in keeping my mind and heart centered on the Spirit and the work the Lord is already doing in my day. The Scriptures keep me in tune with His voice all day long. Along with my Daily Office reading, I journal in the morning as a way of gathering my thoughts and prayers for the day.
I pray you will discover a rhythm in relationship with Jesus that brings you closer to Him in the days to come.
I love being your pastor!
You can view the Daily Office plan here: BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER DEVOTIONAL
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