One of the first things we see Jesus do in Luke, after calling his first disciples, is find time to get away from it all and pray. We see this in Luke 5:16. He had just healed a man with leprosy. News was spreading. Crowds were forming. Jesus was in high demand.
In today’s social media culture this would be the prime opportunity to leverage your platform to gain more attention. Views are up. Followers are coming on board. Hit them with your best and most creative content!
Jesus does the opposite. He resists the urge to make it about himself. He leaves them looking for him and NOT finding him. This is opposite of the world we live in where we are supposed to make ourselves easier to find, not harder.
Our culture has an increasing need for solitude, it just doesn’t know it yet. The social media age has made solitude a near impossibility for most people (impossible not in reality, just in their thinking). This is why we need it more than ever. It isn’t part of our natural rhythms. In previous generations downtime was there by necessity. When it was dark outside you couldn’t farm. You had to come in and rest. Electricity was a huge leap in robbing ourselves of natural rhythms of solitude.
We have to resist the urge to make things about ourselves. This means doing social media all wrong from a marketing perspective but doing it right from God’s perspective.
Enough about marketing and social media. Let’s get to the point.
Jesus fought the human/fleshly urge to allow the crowds to find him…to bask in fame and glorious. When those urges probably hit Jesus he did the opposite.
He found solitude because he knew what he needed most was not the attention of the crowd but the attention of his Father. He wants us to learn that lesson too.
If the divine Son of God needed solitude, so do we. We are not more disciplined than he is. We are not more stable and in control than he is. If Jesus needs it, we need it.
Turn everything off that has a power button.
Enjoy time in silence with your Creator.
Ignore the crowds. Reject the temptations to leverage everything in your favor. Put God first.
The key is recognizing our need for this. We might confuse our need for connection with God for many other things and when we do this we will try to meet the needs through other mean – food, sex, sleep, etc but none of them are going to work because only God can meet this need.
What keeps you from time with God?
How can you discipline yourself to make this happen?