Posted by: wisconsinway | January 30, 2008

Solitude

Today the challenge during the PBU chapel was to be intentional about seeking solitude with God.  Bible passages 1 John 2:6, and Mark 1:35.

“The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 

 “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35

 Solitude- Dictionary Definition

1. The state or quality of being alone or remote from others.
2. A lonely or secluded place.

 The focus in chapel, was that if Christians do call themselves followers of Jesus, then they need to be doing the same “Rhythms” of Jesus that He did in His life here on earth.  A rhythm is described as-“a Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions.” Jesus actions in His life on earth were linked to His constant regularity of devotion with His Father Jesus!  Jesus did not mess around, He knew where His power came from, and He constantly received from His Father because He made this His priority! As Jesus continually got busier and busier, through healing, teachings, and disciplining His 12 followers, He priorized more and more time to get away and be with His Father. 

I know for myself I was convicted because the busier I would get, the more I kept thinking that I needed more time, and then think I need to spend more time doing, in order to get the projects completed.  However, this is not the way Jesus did things.  There is a great song by Newsong called “Life in My Day” where they sing about the business of a person’s life.  The song says that in order to have a little more life in a person’s day, you need to spend time gaining more of God in your life!  That is exactly what Jesus did.  Jesus regularly spent solitude times just talking and listening in quite moments with the Father, so that He would have a full life instead of having a life that was filled. 

I know that when I look at the world I see people rushing around and going from place to place!  They are bustling about making sure they get everything finished that they want to get finished.  You could say that their lives are ruled by their agenda’s, instead of ruling their own lives through God’s agenda!  Jesus, in His example, did not allow time to rule Him.  Even if Jesus was extremely needed at a particular moment, He would still slip away and have quite times with the Father, because He realized that it was in those times where He received purpose and a filling of God’s goodness in His life.

Do you set aside a day every week for God in Solitude? 

-I am convicted in this as well!  Christians need to continue encouraging Christians to follow in the ways of Jesus and set aside God’s time, and be with Him in solitude on a regular basis!

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  1. We never take the time to be in solitude. We always find time to do something else than just relax and take the sabbath rest God has called us to take. We would do ourselves well to follow God’s commandment to take time to rest. I am glad you were able to hear J.R.’s message. He is an awesome friend of mine. God bless man.


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