Luke 5:15-16, John 8:28-29 But so much the more went there a fame
abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed
by him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and
prayed. *Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man,
then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my
Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
Do not allow your work for God to exceed your walk with God. Our fellowship with God fuels and strengthens our relationship with Him. It also ignites His power and grace and causes them to continue to flow through us. Despite how busy Jesus was when He was on the earth, He did not allow His busy schedule to compromise His personal time of prayer and fellowship with God. This was a practice that prevented Him from experiencing spiritual breakdown or burnout. Even before going to the cross, Jesus retreated to pray and commune with God the Father.
In our second text above, Jesus professed that everything He did had been taught to Him by the Father, who was always with Him. what These are some of the benefits of maintaining consistent, ongoing fellowship with God. He will always teach, lead and guide you. There is nothing as fulfilling as always knowing God’s will and being able to do it. As you continue to wait upon the Lord, you will continue to renew your strength. And as you obey God’s commands and follow His leading, you will not grow old in spirit. You will never feel overwhelmed or ‘burnt out’ in the ministry. You will never lose your freshness. You will never lose your enthusiasm for loving and touching and blessing others. The love that drove Jesus to the cross will continue to drive you as you reach out for the last, the least and the lost.
PRAYER FOCUS: Receive grace right now to continue drawing closer to God to renew your
passion and strength in His presence.