Luke 9: 23 says, “If anyone would follow me [be my disciple], let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” This verse says a whole lot. We will discuss it at greater length later. But the point I want to make right now is about our daily habits. There are many daily functions in our lives; that we expect to do, that we need to do, that we virtually cannot fail to do every day and still maintain our earthly existence. I’ll try not to belabor the point; but we can’t go many days without eating (and we certainly like to eat every day); we cannot live more than a few days, two or three, without drinking water or some comparable liquid; we have to sleep regularly, mostly every night. If we don’t go to work or school every day like we’re supposed to, we won’t last long in those endeavors. If we don’t do these things, and many others, every day, our lives will languish, and diminish, and die.
I submit that if we don’t focus attention on our spiritual lives every day we will wither and die spiritually. Because God wants so much to have a relationship with us, He gives us many, many extra chances to choose Him, so we won’t die forever. If we want to have any vibrant relationship with God, we must do it daily. We have to choose, this day, to serve Him. If we don’t eat daily, we won’t grow and develop properly physically; and if we don’t seek God daily, then we won’t grow and develop properly spiritually.
The purpose of this message is not to dwell on daily quiet time; but if anyone wants to draw near to God; if they want to develop a personal relationship with God; then they must focus their attention on God every day. One effective method is: 1] read a passage from the Bible, 2] read a daily devotional 3] meditate, (listen to God) 4] pray (ask for God to show you Himself). In the beginning this might take 10-15 minutes a day. If you don’t do anything else, you can get down on your knees and tell God that you choose Him this day (maybe 30 seconds). It’s a great place to start. You’ll be amazed at what God can do with such a small start. Seeking God daily is one of the best tools you can ever develop for drawing near to Him.