Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Disciples of Jesus Take Control of Their Schedules


I was taught to carve out focused times with God. We called these “quiet times.” It was just me and Jesus. This was so important to me that I made time with God, every day. I believe you have time to do this, too. A disciple has time to meet with their Mentor.  

Eugene Peterson said that people were too busy to meet with God because they were lazy. They let others decide what they will do, rather than deciding for themselves. If this is you, today it all can change.  

Peterson writes:

“I mark out the times for prayer, for reading, for leisure, for the silence and solitude out of which creative work can issue. I find that when these central needs are met, there is plenty of time for everything else.”  

Choose to make more time for God in your life. God will honor this. You will begin to experience the effects of this!  

In Joshua 24:14-15 we read:  

“So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”  

Here are some declarations to carry with you today. Say them several times throughout the day. Let them get inside you.


As for me, and my house, I am choosing to serve the Lord.  

I take control of my schedule so that my schedule will not take control of me.  

I find time to get alone with God and meet with Him.  

I make time to meet with Jesus every day.  

God is giving me a plan for tomorrow. I will meet tomorrow with Him, at ______ (time), for ______ (minutes).

I am a disciple, an apprentice, to my Lord Jesus Christ!

(From my book 31 Letters to the Church on Discipleship)