“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”
Do we find ourselves too busy for Jesus? So often we get so zealous to show our love for Jesus, we get involved in everything that we are asked to do. Working for our Lord is joy unspeakable and full of glory until we are “used up” out of our own strength and we wonder why. Have our priorities gotten misplaced? Many times we are blinded to this until the Holy Spirit turns on a light in our hearts that says, WHO is the priority in my life?
We know the life of Jesus was full to the brim with multitudes of people everywhere He went wanting to be healed, yet as the above Scripture tells us He needed to be alone with the Father and He took time to do so. We must ask ourselves, surely if Jesus needed this time alone in quietness with His Father, how very much more should we? In the book “The True Vine” it tells us that we are only the branch, nothing more and nothing less, but for fruit to be produced through us we must “Abide in the Vine” (Jesus) all during our day. John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
It is essential that we spend time alone with Jesus, the Vine. Too often we allow the pressure of “getting the job done” that we lose sight of the real purpose of the work in the first place, JESUS, and HE must come first if we are to “bear fruit” for His glory!
I have read that God doesn’t overload our plate, we do it ourselves and then wonder, how did this happen? Good intentions are admirable but very often lose value when exhaustion takes over. I believe Jesus would like us to have moderation in our work for Him so that He doesn’t get left behind in our “good works” and our intimate relationship with Him turns to lukewarm and we find ourselves empty vessels with nothing to give! May we not be found guilty!
“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”