Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” (Luke 9:62, MSG)
I have a standing meeting at 5:00 a.m. every day. It is with the Almighty God and sometimes a few other folks, and the agenda is always the same:
Jesus must become greater; Ryan must become less. (John 3:30)
The focus of the meeting is on my walk with Jesus—yes with my feet—but mostly with my heart, because the inner walk is what empowers and sustains the outer walk. God got me started on this journey with Jesus and He is the one that brings about growth in my heart and life.
Everything that happens in the meeting is grounded upon this one point: God loves me and saved me from my sins through the shed blood of his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus rose from the dead and He is my hope, my help and my life.
All I do is show up, lean in and make myself available to Him.
My morning meetings always include a time of prayer—calling out to the Lord for His help, strength, Spirit, protection, wisdom and love in my heart and life.
I read from the Bible. It is God’s voice to me. It washes my heart and mind, sheds light on my path and builds my faith. The Word of God is primary to the meeting agenda.
I often do some spiritual reading from various authors and teachers (they are the other folks at the meeting). This reading is usually from devotionals and commentaries and it is always based on the Bible.
And then, I write in my journal. This is the way that I reflect on what I have learned and heard from the Holy Spirit. Reflecting is key to growth in Jesus, for blessed is the man and woman who meditates on and delights in God’s Word.
I try not to miss a meeting because Jesus is always there, waiting for me to arrive, and every day that I show up, I walk away with strength, help and hope.
Do you have a standing meeting with Jesus? He wants to meet with you, and it doesn’t need to be at 5:00 a.m. He is ever available. You set a time and He will be there.
All you need to do is show up, lean in and make yourself available to Him.