Continued from here.
Perhaps the most obvious characteristic of someone who is spiritually mature is that he or she always has time for God. Why? Because daily time with God is a necessary part of obeying the greatest commandment:
‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’” ~ Matt. 36-38
Loving God with all of your heart, soul, and mind means that He is a priority. Not only is He A priority – He is THE priority, meaning that nothing in your life – absolutely nothing – takes priority over Him. And that priority is driven by love.
When you first met your significant other, you probably had a busy life. However, you somehow managed to spend time with that person because you were falling in love with him or her. And we somehow manage to shift our time around to prioritize what is most important. For example, I was working full-time and had many other time commitments when my son had back surgery. I somehow found the time to stay in the hospital with him for five days and nights, not because I wasn’t busy but because he was my priority, and he was my priority because I love him.
You know who else I had time for while I was living in my son’s hospital room for five days? God. While my quiet time with God was far from perfect as hospital personnel streamed in and out of my son’s room, I spent time with God every day, not because I had oodles of time to kill, but because I love God, and He is a priority in my life.
When I was a spiritual child, I did not set aside time for God every day. Instead, I would squeeze in my Bible study while waiting in the car line at my son’s elementary school or cram it all in the night before the next meeting. I grew to realize that when I don’t spend time with God, I am saying that the least important thing I do in a day, such as watching a television show or playing a game on my cell phone, is more important that the God of the Universe. Today, God comes first, no matter what.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace with her hands on her hips, saying, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Courtesy Bitmoji.]