As I woke up this morning and thought about our time together yesterday as a community, coming together to worship Jesus, I wanted to make sure that I gave you practical help along with the encouragement to spend time alone with Jesus. It is absolutely VITAL as believers in and followers of Christ to get alone with him. Why? Paul addresses this in Colossians 2, as I shared yesterday:
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ― Colossians 2:1-3 (ESV)
There it is once again: it is in Christ that all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. But on top of that, we get to spend time with the one that our souls long for, getting to know our King deeply, personally, and intimately. We are invited to get alone with him who knows all and to walk with him in humility as he spends the rest of our lives teaching and instructing us.
So how do we spend time with God? Through prayer and time reading the Scriptures. These are the key ways that God speaks to us and we get an opportunity to speak to him. And the place to start is with the Bible. Now I’m sure you’ve heard over and over the need to read the Bible (especially if you’re reading this and you’re part of Purpose Claremont), but has anyone ever shown you how to do it? And most of the time we all would say no. So I want to make sure that you have something to help you get started in spending time in the Bible with Jesus. We’ve adopted a Bible study method at Purpose Claremont called S.O.A.P. It’s an acronym that is easy to remember that points us to.
(Click HERE for more details and an example of SOAP.)
It’s such a simple and straight-forward way to spend time alone with God. And it’s A way, not THE ONLY way. So as you get into the practice of spending more and more time alone with Jesus, you’ll begin to develop your own method that works best for you and that’s great.
So as you spend time with Jesus, I pray that this is helpful for you, especially for those of you who are just getting started. It can seem overwhelming at times. It will feel kind of dry at times. But other times, you will be blown away. But I promise you this: as you continue to spend more and more time with Jesus, he will take you deeper and deeper, as far as you want to go, with him, and reveal so much of himself to you that you will be in awe of just how amazing Jesus truly is.
I’m praying for you as you start this journey with Jesus.
I truly do love you more than you know,