Be Enriched

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From Derek Maxwell General Director

Deadlines to be met! Not enough hours in the day! Stressed out with work!

I’m sure you are familiar with these expressions!

Our lives seem to be caught up in a constant whirlwind of activities. With more labour-saving devices than ever there seems to be less time to get things done. ‘No time! No time!’ is the common cry.

Many hit the ground running each morning and go to bed exhausted at night. Days are spent accomplishing tasks big and small, to keep our families and lives in order. Busy schedules and instant communication through social media make it pretty hard to find quiet moments in our lives.

In such a busy pressurized world, we can find ourselves increasingly wondering, ‘How may I be spiritually enriched? How can I have time to hear God’s voice?’ There is no easy or simple answer to these questions. The fact is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and self-discipline.

We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man; if you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, then you have more business on hand than God ever intended
D L Moody, the famous American evangelist

A Distraction Free Environment

Whatever it takes for us to have uninterrupted time with God every day through prayer and Bible study, we must take the necessary steps to adopt. Maybe that will mean going to bed a little earlier so that we can get up refreshed and ready for a meaningful time with God. Or it may mean turning off Wi-Fi, mobile phones, iPads and TVs so we can focus on what God wants to say to us. Society is ‘hooked’ on social media which is both time consuming and largely wasteful. One of the primary ways to experience ‘riches beyond all measure’ is to have that vital time, that ‘quiet time’ with God.

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Jesus regularly demonstrated the importance of spending time alone with God. Whether it was getting up early to start His day with prayer or going to His Father in the midst of incredible stress and uncertainty, Jesus believed in the importance of putting His ‘Quiet Time’ first. If Jesus did it, so should we. But, where do we start?

If tomorrow you have an important meeting with your boss, will you not make every effort to show up? So why do believers regularly ignore or postpone appointments with God? Is it because we are too busy, easily distracted, or maybe just lazy? Sometimes we are blinded to what matters most in life and our priorities become blurred.

It has been said of Robert Murray M’Cheyne that he was 'as holy in his private life as he was in the pulpit‘. The private devotional life is vital in our ministry. I have often alerted congregations to the danger and the consequences of ’the barrenness of a busy life'. The fruitfulness of our ministry depends on the richness of our devotional life.

May we never settle for spiritual poverty but strive to have meaningful encounters with God, so that we will Be Enriched, bringing blessing to others through our spiritual overflow.