Posted by: bshelley | April 15, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 15, 2008

Today’s Verse: Luke 22:39 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. NASB

If someone was making this comment about you, what would they be referring to? Here, Luke makes a simple matter of fact comment that Jesus went up to the Mount of Olives just like He always did to pray. No fanfare or big deal, that’s just what He did….on a regular basis. What about us? What do people observe us doing on a regular basis? Do our children see us sitting with open Bibles reading or on our knees praying as a normal practice? “Yeah, you know my mom or dad or grandma, they are always in there reading their Bible and praying.” For many of us, they might be more likely to say some other, let’s just say “less attractive” traits, were our custom, right? It is certainly not too late to begin a new practice or custom in your life regardless of where you are on life’s journey. “You know, all of a sudden it became their custom to pray every night.” “I don’t really know what happened, but all of a sudden they started reading their Bible every day and praying.” Ok, so others might not even notice your new custom, but it is not for them anyway. God knows. You know. That should be enough for starters. I will offer a prediction. If you begin today making it your custom to pray every evening or every morning, people will notice. They will notice because you will be changed by the experience of dwelling in God’s word and presence. You will begin acting differently. Oh maybe it will just be a new confidence or just a softer kinder way of dealing with others, but you will be changed. Someone who knows you well will even ask, “what’s gotten into you?” Share your little secret. It might even make a difference in their life as well. Begin today, as is your custom, to spend time in God’s word and in His spiritual thirst quenching presence. You will grow in Christ’s likeness and, who knows, you might just get accustomed to the new you! 

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