21 days Lockdown make your time count!

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We might be in lock-down but we are not locked out – intimacy with God is possible and what is needed most.

What will be consuming your mind, time and heart during these unique days?

 I hope you have spent some time planning the valuable time the Lord is giving you. Over these days what do you want to grow in? What new skill do you want to acquire? What goals do you have?

Lets read Luke 10:38-42 and reflect on it together

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Footnotes: a Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts but only one thing is needed

Martha was the busy one

Is a very familiar passage but the Lord laid it on my heart as I was praying about this time and our CCG family. Martha was distracted, anxious and troubled by many things (v. 40, 41). What did she do will all her worries? When life didn’t make sense, when she was troubled, Martha took control and got busy. Busyness is not always a problem. It is often a virtue, but an anxiousness and busyness that leaves no time to meet with Jesus is a problem.

Jesus says clearly what our focus should be, what our priority should reflect. Only one thing is needed. Mary has done what is better. Not because she is lazy, not because she is a couch potato, but because she is sitting at the feet of Jesus and communing with him.

Martha was missing out on divine fellowship and instruction. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with God incarnate in her living room and she chose dishes and tidying instead. She was obviously distracted by many things – who would make such a silly trade-off?

Mary chose what was better and Jesus said he would not take that away from her.

Let’s be more like Mary in these 21 days. Maximise the full potential of this unique time. Friends, we have a lot of time ahead of us. We can use that time wisely or we can waste it.

How many times do we use the excuse that we don’t have time to grow in our relationship with God? That excuse is gone for 21 days. If we use the time to sit at Jesus’ feet I bet you no matter what the future holds you will always make time to meet with him.

Sitting at Jesus feet at home just takes prayerfully reading his word, communing with God by his Spirit and talking to him in real fellowship. Let Jesus minister to your heart and take his proper place in your home at this time.

  • Choose a book of the Bible to read
  • Choose a chapter or smaller section to meditate on (chew on and personally pray around)
  • Spend time speaking God’s word back to him conversationally

Spend time praying:

  • That God would give us a heart like Mary’s that prioritises Jesus in these 21 days
  • Continue to pray for the medical workers from our Church and in our country on the front lines.
  • Pray for our leaders at this unique time in history for wisdom, strength and the ability to rule being thoughtful that they too will die and stand before you one day.
  • Pray for the volatility and instability of the world at this time. For evil to be checked and for Christians to be shining lights as things get darker. Help us to not be shaken but to have our foundation rooted in our God who loves us so much that he left the perfection of heaven to enter the world of death that we might have life and the possibility of having real intimate fellowship with him in our living rooms.

Kerin Verster

Kerin Verster is minister of Christ Church Glenwood, his chief passion is Jesus and seeing lives transformed as people come to know Jesus and follow him. He is in love with and married to Kerry-Anne and they have 3 younger disciples under their care. His other joy is to work with his hands in his hobby as a leather crafter.