“And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” (Luke 4:42-44)
Sometimes we can feel there is too much to do and not enough time to do it. We need to find time not only for God but also for work, friends, church, evangelization, serving and encouraging others… and we need to sleep. Sometimes we want to choose: maybe stop working to share more Jesus with unbelievers or meet fewer people to be able to spend quality time with God and so on.
Jesus was a very busy man, but He achieved so much more than us. He served, preached, taught, healed, resurrected, spent quality times with His friends… John even told us that He did so many others things that it was impossible to write all them (John 21:25). How was He able to achieve so much? Mark 1:35-38 gives us the answer.
“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. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
Jesus had a busy evening. He healed people, casted out many demons, handled a whole city… I guess He was tired. However, early in the morning, He went out to pray. Then when people tried to prevent Him from leaving, He said no because He had a purpose. He knew why He was there and was determined not to be distracted.
So maybe the solution to our “not enough time” is to spend time with God, to pray even if when we are tired and to know for what purpose we are on earth. Spending time with God should come before everything else. We easily forget that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). We easily forget that Him alone can renew our strength (Isaiah 40: 30-31). We also need to remember that He created us for good works that will glorify Him (Ephesians 2:10; Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 5:16).
So the question for each of us is: “Is your calendar full with things that are for God’s glory?” Let’s imitate Jesus by depending on God and by leaving for His glory.