What is it you want most?
I’m not talking a million dollars or a house that isn’t falling apart… I’m talking eternal, God-given desires that matter most, such as deeper intimacy with Him, wisdom to love and manifest Christ to your family, or the peace that passes understanding.
I’m working my way through Grace Goals and this is a question asked in Workshop One. I’ve mulled it over and know what I want most is a vibrant, pure, authentic relationship with God that sets me apart and spills over and transforms every aspect of my life.
And here’s what I know:
That won’t happen by spending time on social media. I won’t get it listening to, reading, or consuming everyone else’s abundance of words, everyone’s mediocrity. The path to a rich and meaningful 2017 is a narrow one… and there will be few that find it this year.
I want to be one of the few, how about you?
So let me ask a tough question: What is the greatest distraction to you fulfilling this desire? What do you need to lay down so you can experience intimacy with Christ?
The Lord pressed a verse on my heart for the coming year. Zechariah 1:3 says, “‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.“
That’s my word for 2017. It isn’t exciting or fancy. It’s narrow. Hard. Demanding. But this word promises great gain and true life.
It’s the door to personal revival.
I once heard Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth say, “The pace of ministry has outraced the pace of intimacy in my life.”
When she shared this with a friend, her friend advised, “Remember your sacred areas and keep them inviolate. Your calling card is your walk with God. If you lose that, you don’t have a ministry.”
I’m where Nancy was a few years ago and it’s time for that to change.
My Grace Goal for 2017 is to “return” to spending at least an hour alone with the Lord every morning before anything else.
Truth is, I just need Jesus.
As much as I love all the plans, dreams and goals being shared this time of year (nothing wrong with it either!) … and as tempting as it is to create some myself… I must take a quieter path, a hidden, solitary route… the narrow path.
I don’t know all that’s in store for 2017 but trust it includes personal revival, deeper biblical literacy, fervent, effective prayer, and impacting others with the gospel.
Each month I hope to have a simple Bible reading plan to share. You can download this month’s Bible Reading Challenge on Personal Revival below.
Do you have a word for 2017? If so I’d love to hear it!
Here’s to a Christ-filled year.