Solitude is essential. Undoubtedly, it is only the enemy and our flesh that conspire to keep us too busy. It is in quietness (Ps. 46:10) that we can listen to our good Father tell us that we are His beloved children and begin to open our eyes to the height and breadth and depth of His great love for us (Ephesian 3: 16-19) and to the hope we have in Him (Ephesians 1:18-23). This message from our Creator God is the opposite of the messages we are bombarded with every day from the world: the media, our flesh, our competitive neighbor’s, and too often, ourselves. These voices, messages, and lies say we are pretty much useless, no good, guilty, unlikable, not as strong as ____, not as organized as ____, not as beautiful as____, or not as smart as____. You can fill in the blank and even the struggle; we all have something the enemy uses to wear us down if we let him. God's Word tells us something very different, if only we take the time, if only we make the time, to listen!
In Luke 21, God calls us to “keep ourselves in the love of God as we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life.” Waiting seems easy, but it’s not and “keeping in the love of God” isn’t either! This keeping requires some effort and choices on our part. We must commit time each day to examine who is on the throne; is it God or….You? Your children? Your husband? Your hobby? Your busy-ness, Your plans for retirement or vacation? Your future education and training? Money? There are so many worldly things calling us away from God, but God Himself is calling us to keep ourselves in His love.
God does not demand this, instead, He wants us to seek Him (Deuteronomy 4: 29-30, Revelation 3: 19-20) with all of our heart. In the end, it’s about your heart, your first love, and your priorities (Revelations 2: 4-6, Mathew 22: 37-38)
Remember Susanna Wesley, the mother of 17 children, to include John Wesley. She found her “solitude” communing with her Savior, sitting with her apron pulled up over her head! How do you make time for your Savior? Wherever you are, however you commune with God you can be sure he will meet you there!
In the end, the transformation is a process, empowered by the Holy Spirit, but for our part it is not, it cannot be passive. We must plan for solitude, listening to God’s Spirit speak through His Word, leading us to walk in the Light (I John 1:7), ready to see, ready to repent and “to put off the old person and put on the new” (Col 3:9-10, Ephesians 4:20-25).
How do you make space for God? And if you aren’t already, then how will you?
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The Women’s Serving Team is hosting a Mugs & Muffins event August 10th from 9:00 – 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Christine Leggett will be leading us in a discussion about the spiritual battle we each have with the desires of our heart. It will be a morning of fellowship, rich discussion and encouragement as we come together to study God’s Word. Praying you can join us. Don’t forget your favorite coffee mug! Please RSVP to Christine if you need childcare.
You can go on a mission trip and never leave Albuquerque. International Students Incorporated (ISI) helps international students when they arrive in the U.S. ISI has a chapter at UNM helping pick up students as they arrive at the airport, providing temporary home stays, helping find housing, English as a second language training and friendship partners. A new school year is getting started with hundreds of international students arriving at UNM. Please consider helping in one of the ways noted above. Alternatively, we will be providing lunch for students and volunteers on Wednesday, August 7 (signup sheets will be in the foyer). If you are interested in helping or just want more information please contact Vince Tidwell.
MCC’s Shine Partnership is hosting a dessert night Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00pm at Ashley Procter’s house! Current Shine volunteers, anyone curious about what Shine is, or those interested in becoming a Shine volunteer are invited! Contact Ashley if you have questions or need directions.
Save the Date: MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15 and running through the first week in October. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.