Encourage The Fainthearted…
We spend with the Lord because we want to spend time with the Lord. It is not a “have-to” or “must” thing on our agenda, if it is, well, we should stop because Jesus knows our heart is in the wrong place. Jesus Christ knows that we are merely going through the motion and not really spending time with Him, but are satisfying some other need in our lives. Or we are simply “checking a box” on our to-do list.
We should spend time with Jesus Christ for one reason – we want to be in His presence. We seek His guidance, His mind and His comfort. There should be no other agenda when we enter Holy space with the King of kings. He is the King of kings and we needn’t waste His time any more than we would waste the time of any one else in our life. If we have some good reason for being there, great. Otherwise, just stop it; don’t go there.
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 NASB95
As we do more for others we find we are actually helping ourselves in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to serve others. We are to pray for others, THINK about others and do for others, first. This is how we spend more time with Jesus Christ. This is how we remain in His presence for the right reasons. When we are thinking of others and doing for others it is very difficult to think about our petty issues or the argument with our spouse about the “spoon being in the wrong place”. These issues are can now be seen as silly as they truly are. This is one of the greatest ways to stay close to God, follow God and be present with Him because we want to be with Him, not because we have-to or need to check-a-box.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.