By Jess Robichaud
Inviting Jesus into our everyday lives is a key part of Christian living. By spending regular time with him and reading his word, we become more like Christ.
Are You Inviting Jesus In?
If you’ve grown up in the church or have been a part of the church for any length of time, you likely know that there is a large amount of emphasis on spending time with the Lord.
For the longest time, however, I would compartmentalize my time with Jesus. My schedule would look a lot like waking up, spending some time with the Lord, getting ready for work, going to work, making dinner, exercising and going to bed.
This all sounds great and it seemed like I was doing what I was “supposed” to be doing by adding Jesus into my day. But I was just going through the motions and missing the heart of time with Jesus. I was missing the opportunity to make Jesus an integral part of my life. When I was finished with my quiet time, I would quickly move on and put him on the back burner until my next “scheduled” time.
God became a checklist item and when I woke up late or had other more pressing matters on my mind, I would quickly put my time with Him to the bottom of the list.
The days that I wasn’t able to (or chose not to) spend my 20 minutes in the Bible or sit with him, I felt like a failure and like the day was wasted. I told myself I would try to make him part of my day tomorrow or the next day, or the next.
Inviting Jesus In
Does this sound familiar? Does spending time with the Lord feel more overwhelming than helpful?
I hear you.
While spending time in the Word and spending time sitting in his presence are important, know that Jesus wants to be with you even if that doesn’t happen. He can still be with you in the middle of those busy moments…the chaos of rushing to your next meeting, running an errand and picking up toys off of the floor.
In fact, he wants to be with you in all of this.
But how do you invite him into all parts of your life?
Inviting Jesus in begins with the position of our hearts.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:2 (ESV)
Inviting Jesus in isn’t about the amount of time we spend sitting with a Bible. It’s not about the minutes we spend praying with our hands folded and our eyes closed. It’s about our heart’s position of inviting him into our spaces with us.
Worship Him with your heart wherever you are.
“My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.” Psalm 71:8 (ESV)
My understanding of worship has drastically changed over the years. Traditionally, we view worship as singing hymns and songs, raising our hands in church and so on. But worship is so much more and can happen anywhere.
We can worship God while we eat by truly enjoying the food he has provided and savoring the amazing taste it has.
We can worship God with music by enjoying the beautiful harmonies, voices, or instruments that God has gifted to us.
We can worship God on a drive to the store by thanking him for and enjoying the beautiful clouds, cascading waters, swaying trees, and vibrant flowers.
We can worship God dancing or singing at the top of our lungs in the kitchen by embracing joy and being playful. He loves it even if we don’t think we’re very good. Worship is about your heart as the giver of the gift, not the gift itself.
It’s all about having an attitude of worship.
Invite Jesus in right where you are.
Are you in line at the grocery store? Invite Jesus there with you.
Are you changing diapers for the 30th time today? Invite Jesus there with you.
Are you preparing for a presentation? Invite Jesus there with you.
Are you having a cup of coffee? Invite Jesus there with you.
God is with you no matter where you are. There doesn’t need to be a special ritual or “right” way to be with the Lord.
I can’t reiterate enough how much Jesus just wants your heart. He wants to be with you throughout your day…through the joys, sorrows, struggles and victories.
He is with you, waiting to be invited in. The question is, will you accept the invitation?
Wife Step: Find three new ways to invite Jesus into your day today.
Jess is passionate about helping couples have an awesome marriage built on the foundation of Christ. Out of their own marriage struggles, Jess and her husband, Adam, founded Radiant Marriage to challenge and encourage couples towards deep levels of intimacy with each other and with the Lord. Jess is also a marriage and family therapist intern where she walks with couples through trauma to bring healing. Together with her husband, their main goal is to radiate the love of Christ and bring hope to couples in the midst of difficulty.
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