All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is
true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us
when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it
to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Today, my co-worker and I had a conversation that started with having to encourage accountability and consistent Quiet time with my fellow brothers and sisters in the youth ministry. I’ve confessed that I fell off the devotional wagon two months ago and have been feeling terribly detached and lenient not just with God, but with the ministry I serve as well. We are both Christians and I was truly enlightened with what he shared with me.
It was a quote by Susannah Wesley and it says, “Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the desire for spiritual things… that thing is a sin to you, however innocent it may be in its self.”
My co-worker (and brother in Christ) sharing this to me was truly unexpectedly timely. This is a beautiful quote, no doubt, and it has something to do with my quiet time today.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.”
This, obviously, is too true to even reject or consider to thought. As I’ve said earlier, I’ve fallen off my daily devotion two months ago and it has caused me to realize that a lot of things were affected with or without them knowing:
- My Ministry – I’m not going to say that I cause the kind of decisions that makes the ministry that I am serving to move. I am but one contributing instrument that God is using in it and I have failed in my part. During the time that I stopped spending time with God, my judgement became severely impaired that I opted myself out of the ministry in fear of my heart not being in service. I have been extremely lenient in my service and I had added extra work unto my brothers and sisters.
(I’m sorry, mga kapatid.)
- My Cell Group – During the times that we would meet before, I could see the effect that my spiritual growth affecting them. The deeper I got to understanding His Word, the more that I got to answer their questions and give them what they needed to understand. I was able to aid them better. But ever since I stopped spending quality time with the Lord, the people that I am mentoring got demotivated and dry. And they didn’t even know that I wasn’t doing my quiet time. I was just becoming more and more insufficient and in this way, I have betrayed them as well as my calling to lead them.
(I’m sorry, sweethearts.)
- My Actions – Sin came rolling in, naturally, and I was more receptive. I was blending in back to the world my first week in, I remember. Can you just imagine what I’ve fallen into in two months? I thank God for keeping me out of real trouble, but I know He’s hurt and disappointed in what happened.
(I’m terribly sorry, Lord.)
The absence of the Scripture in my life has made me gravitate down to sin and has affected the people around me greatly. Steering away from the Lord has weakened my reason and took off my desire on spiritual things, therefore taking me away from God. And whatever takes us farther from Him can’t be of Him, but is of the enemy.
Without quiet time, and this I see now, how will I know what is right from wrong? In the process of deciding what is good for me and what is not based on my own understanding, won’t I be self-righteous?
Quiet time with the Lord enforces one’s devotion to following Him. We can’t rely on anything but His Word. We shouldn’t lean on our own understanding, especially when we’re serving in the ministry. His Word is meant not only to instruct us but also to transform us into Christ’s image. I believe that the love and grace of God will take us back to where we truly belong – in Him.