Make Jesus A Daily Priority
October 31, 2019 | Perri Snyder
Do you ever notice that a planned day can quickly change to not being the schedule you had laid out at all? That is not just a 21st century problem but something everyone deals with on a somewhat regular basis, with varying degrees.
I think this may have been the sort of situation Peter and John found themselves in, yet they were prepared. They were prepared by the same way you and I can be prepared.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13 ESV)
I have been drawn to this verse for decades. As a busy mom, wife, and volunteer with various ministries, the last sentence gave me hope and rest. My days always seemed to go a little (or greatly) off the plan for the day. They still do. And we know from Scripture that was the case for the disciples a few thousand years ago also. While Peter and John physically walked with Jesus, I walk with Jesus by the Holy Spirit living in me, guiding me through the Scriptures, prayer, and quietness before Him. Education and training can be good and of value. Talents or personality traits give some a more natural strength which God can and does use to further His will. But I gain confidence that men were astonished at uneducated, common men like Peter & John, and that astonishment drew them to the recognition that these men had been with Jesus.
Being with Jesus is a restful place to live my life from - when I embrace it. Because as a young mom, it rarely came with a cup of coffee, comfortable chair, and a quiet place. Even now, as an empty nester, I have to make time with Jesus a daily priority; it doesn’t matter the time of the day, just consistency. Otherwise my life begins to be more about me than Him. I am grateful He draws me back to Himself and teaches me anew that it is and needs to be about Him. When it is truly about Him, I realize it is His responsibility to make changes in people and situations…and in me. That is a great comfort. I don’t want to astonish people to draw them to me, but to Jesus. So, I pray for wisdom, and grace, and truth, and godly characteristics to flow from uneducated, common me - but that only happens when, first and foremost, I have been with Jesus.