Have you ever experienced a heart-to-heart conversation with Jesus? One morning, I did. During it, I told Him I wanted to spend more time with Him. He began our conversation by saying, “I also want a deeper level of intimacy with you. But intimacy takes time to develop. In the busy and rushed world you live in, it’s hard for you to set aside quality time with Me. But, there are rewards for sacrificing this time out of your busy day.”
I replied, “Help me set aside more time to be with You.”
He answered, “I will help you. Are you enjoying yourself this morning?”
I said, “Yes, I am!”
And then, Jesus says something that surprised me. He said, “I knew you would! You’ve been looking for quality time with Me all your life.” His words took me aback, but simultaneously, I felt a sense of peace and comfort.
I said, “I didn’t know it was available to me until recently.”
With a smile, Jesus said, “Yes, I know. Other Christians had taught you it was forbidden fruit. For this reason, you’ll tell others how to walk and talk with Me. I desire to draw many to Myself, but like you once believed, they believe—it’s forbidden fruit. Set the record straight. When you do, many others will experience quality time with Me.”
I felt a sense of responsibility and excitement as I realized that I could make a difference in the lives of others. I thanked Jesus for His love and guidance and committed to sharing His message of hope and healing with everyone I meet.
Barriers, got any?
Have you ever experienced obstacles in spending time with Jesus? I sure have. At one point, I thought being intimate with Him was impossible and felt like a forbidden fruit. So, I kept filling my surroundings with the constant noise of worldly distractions like music, TV, and movies to avoid silence and to deal with my emotional barriers to intimacy with Him. But do you know what happened eventually? Sitting in silence brought up unprocessed traumas and heart wounds that the constant noise had buried. It was a harsh realization but opened up a new world of healing and closeness to Jesus that I never knew existed.
Do you ever feel like you’re just rushing through life, constantly trying to cross things off your never-ending to-do list? I know I do. But recently, I’ve realized that this fast-paced, noisy culture we’re living in is doing us a disservice. Getting caught up in the hustle and bustle is so easy that we forget to take time for what’s truly important – like spending quality time with Jesus.
I’ll admit that I hesitated when Jesus asked me to set aside time to be with Him. I knew it would be a challenge to slow down, process my past pain, and actively listen for His presence in silence. But you know what? It’s worth it. I’ve committed to making the effort and can already feel its positive impact on my life.
Keys to Quality Time
I have discovered something. If you want to experience the fullness of being in the presence of Jesus, then you need to remove all distractions and wholeheartedly worship Him. It may require some sacrifice of time and energy, but trust me, the spiritual rewards are worth it! You will develop a deeper heart-to-heart connection with Him, and your purpose-driven life will be enhanced like never before.
Are you ready to join me on this incredible journey towards a more intimate relationship with Jesus? If so, you will experience the fullness of His presence, and your life will be transformed in ways beyond your imagination.
“I am the light that shines through the cosmos; if you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives life and will not know darkness.” John 8:12 (VOICE)