“Never let your fire go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people that are in need. Welcome other’s into your home.”
Romans 12:11-13 (NIRV)https://www.biblestudytools.com/nirv/romans/passage/?q=romans+12:11-13
The entire twelfth chapter of Romans encourages us to be true in our actions to God. It lays out the expectations of what our every day actions in service should look like.
I just completed, Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages and let me just say, it’s one of the best reads I’ve had in a while. Counseling a couple with my husband is what prompted me to buy this book but the more that I redirect my focus during this time, I’m starting to realize that even God has a love language that is set for his people.
We can find each love language that is categorized in Chapman’s literature in our very own Holy Bible. All that God has done for us is a complete story of love and redemption through acts of service, words of affirmation, the giving of gifts, physical touch, and let’s not forget quality time!
We said in part one of Dove’s Eyes that it is so fulfilling when we enter our Master’s presence without distraction. How can we truly enter “His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise?” By understanding God’s love language. We must have faith! Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” It is not enough to believe in God, we must also TRUST Him!
Even as I write this, I can hear the lyrics of William Murphy’s Ignite My Fire. Chapman believes that every individual has a love language that they prefer more than any others. The more I think about God and the ultimate gift that he has given to us and to the world, His son Jesus Christ and the Word that the disciples recorded, so that we may be left with clear direction; the more I can see God’s love language manifest before my eyes.
In a world that is so busy and so fast, we have to be intentional about slowing down and spending quality time with God. What is quality time? How is this defined? Some people think that as long as they are in the room with someone that they are delivering the gift of quality time. Though this may be true for a few, this is not what God desires of us. He wants us to stand out. He wants us to go after Him with everything that is in us. He wants us to do like Tasha Cobb-Leonard sings, “Speak of Him like He’s in the room!” Spoiler alert: and HE IS!
Exodus 20:3 says that God gave Moses the third commandment which was that we should have no other gods before Him. In Matthew when Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love thy neighbor as thyself.” God doesn’t want us to fall in the ritual of work and family as usual and in essence we conclude our day by giving him the crumbs. He wants all of us! If we were to give Him all of us, everything in our life would have a better flow. Things would begin to fall in place and align to His will for our lives. That doesn’t mean we will live in the absence of struggles but it does mean that when struggles present themselves, we will be equipped because we’ve spent time putting on the whole armor of God.
It’s not enough for us to sing Dove’s Eyes and not truly seek what the lyrics of this song really mean. We must remain focused in every aspect of life. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day living. God’s original design for our lives was that we remain in constant communication with Him. We, at times, tend to forget this and only speak to Him in passing.
Let’s use this time of remote working to not only work and be present and available to those within our own homes, but let’s be intentional about meeting God. Let’s be intentional about not only getting in His presence but remaining in it. Dwell in it daily. This is a part of our essential living.