The next few weeks are a crucial time for anyone in school. With finals approaching, student’s thoughts are dominated by finals. All nighters are being pulled. Hours are spent in libraries. Notes are being poured over. Term papers and comprehensive exams are looming and decisions must be made. Some have already given up on their grades. Some are introducing themselves to a new level of stress and anxiety. All with the thought summer quickly approaching.
Regardless of where you are in life, you can likely relate with these thoughts of a deadline quickly approaching. Upon graduating college, a family member kindly reminded me that “homework” never stops. There’s always paperwork, bills, work, and (worst of all) taxes. Things will pile up. Schedules will be busy. There’s often no way around the busyness of today’s culture.
But how do we follow Jesus in these hectic times?
To answer this question, we can look at Jesus in his pursuit of the Father in the moments before he died.
In Luke 22, Jesus has just had the “Last Supper,” He has warned of Judas’ betrayal, He’s predicted Peter’s denial. He knows what’s coming. His next move is telling. Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives to pray. Luke adds that this was “his custom.” He was in the habit of getting alone with God. He had done this enough that the people following him were used to it. They were so comfortable where they were that they fell asleep. Jesus had been there before and it was a priority for him, even when his life was ending.
Jesus made spending time with God a custom in his life.
Even on the doorstep of death, Jesus gets alone with God.
He didn’t go spend time with his family. He didn’t tie up loose ends. He didn’t spend his last free moments doing what we deem important.
He pours out his heart to God. And it’s not necessarily pretty.
In the face of adversity, the Son of Man asks God if there’s another way. He just lays out what’s going on his life. No masks. No facades. He tells God He’s not looking forward to it.
For most Christians, spending time alone with God is not a high priority. Much less, this is the first thing to go when things get busy.
If us as a church and body of Christ collectively showed our reliance on the Father the same way Jesus did, it would change our schools, work places, neighborhood, and city. The excuse of “not enough time” is never going away. Jesus’ time was coming to an end on Earth. But he still showed how he needed time with God.
Jesus’ example of total surrender to God in busy times challenges us to surrender to Him during our busy times.
College & Outreach Pastor