Treasuring God #2
On Sunday at the retreat I shared practical steps to Treasuring God. It is easy to say we treasure God, but unless we act on it we won't gain the treasure for ourselves. Here are four practical ways I live a life that treasures God. Jesus spoke about each of these in John 13-15.
Time with God
Time with God is the surest indication that you treasure God. It is also like the shovel with which you might dig for more treasure! Jesus mentions two specific parts of that in the scripture above -- namely, God's word and prayer.
A regular time, ideally daily, of reading and meditating on God's word and praying comprises the center of most saints pursuit of God.
I can garden alone. I can ride my bike by myself. I can read or listen to music by myself. But, God never intended me to be a Christian by myself. Loving one another is the command of Jesus. He made it clear that my loving other people and having them love me is non-optional in following him.
The practical way to work that out is to be in a small group of people who serve together or a life group that is designed for that purpose.
Jesus made service a priority also. As he says in Mark 10:45, "even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve." To follow Him is to follow in a path of service. Where can you connect to a need, to people you can care about, to a place where your contribution will make a difference?
The Holy Spirit is given to us to bear witness to Jesus, so that we can bear witness. If a God-Treasuring person is close to a person outside the faith -- to love them, to serve them, to pray for them -- that person will have opportunity to bear witness about Jesus. This is an indispensable part of treasuring God.
This is the simplest way I can think to communicate what I mean when I talk about treasuring God.