Daily Devotion, 01/09/18, “Living Out Of The Overflow”
“But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” Luke 5:15-16 NLT
Yesterday morning, I wrote about putting God first in all that we do. Part of applying that “principle of priority” is putting God first at the first of your day with an intentional and scheduled time of prayer and Bible reflection. As we see in today’s passage, Jesus would consistently pull away from the many needs around Him to spend time with God. Jesus understood that His ministry to the masses flowed from His unity with the Father. He didn’t allow His compassion for the countless needs around Him to rob Him of His devotion to the One who ultimately could meet those needs through Him. I cannot overstate the importance of this principle in our lives today.
Because you love others, because you truly do want to make a difference, because you feel guilty for pulling back when people you care about need you, you burn the candle at both ends and then you burn out. Your motivations are good and noble but you will not be able to sustain that pace and stay connected to God. You will end up doing and serving and ministering out of your own limited and depleted strength rather than from the overflow of the presence of God in your life. What the broken and hurting people in your circle need most is not you. What they need is a fully devoted, totally consecrated and wholly surrendered you. They need the Spirit of the Living God to be so alive in you that His life touches their life through you. That can only happen if you daily pull away from demands to devote yourself to God.
So go out there and make a difference today. Remember that your ministry to the masses flows from your unity with the Master. He is your strength, your peace, your power and your inspiration. You are loved!