Community, community, community… Living, serving, and working with your church can keep us busy, and this is very good. The writer of Hebrews says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV) We need the encouragement and sense of belonging that only a church can give.

However, it should never be believed that this is the only spiritual life. We should never forget that there is a crucial closet-life a Christian has with their Creator. This is the gas station where we fuel up for the journey ahead, which is our day. It’s foolish to try driving long distances on empty tanks! We will at the least feel frustrated, and likely humiliated as well.

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35 ESV) If the Lord Himself found need to be isolated from the world and pray to the Father, how much more so do we! This is our opportunity to ask God questions, like Am I doing your will? What is your will? and bring him requests, such as Lead me with your right hand today, Lord. and Give me strength. We can praise God for who he is and what he has done without the distractions of the world.

Don’t feel selfish seeking God alone daily. He jealously longs for the spirit he has put inside you; he waits eagerly to fill you with his Spirit and his love. Here, we are on the mountain peaks. In the world, we will have trials. But starting our day with Jesus, we have already overcome the world with him. He never offers us trials and burdens without offering us a most satisfying, rich intimate presence.

Take this opportunity now to stop what you are doing and ask for God’s personal touch. He is most worthy of our admiration, brothers and sisters!

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.