Your Most Important Appointment

“There are few professing Christians, it may be feared, who strive to imitate Christ in the matter of private devotion. There is abundance of other activities but is there a due proportion of private prayer? Are believers sufficiently careful to be frequently alone with God?” –J. C. Ryle

An appointment by definition is an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place. What is your most important appointment? Is it the appointment with the doctor or dentist, your best friend for coffee, or the appointment with your favorite activity? No, your most important appointment is the time you make daily to get alone with God.

Many people think a divine appointment is something that happens by chance, something that God ordains and that is out of human control. While some divine appointments fit into this description, divine appointments can be a daily occurrence. You see, a divine appointment happens any time God intersects with your life.

Jesus sets our example. In Mark 1:35 the Bible shares how Jesus rose early in the morning while it was still dark and went out to a solitary place to pray. What is most amazing about this is that the day before Jesus was ministering late into the night. I imagine he was tired. If ever anyone had an excuse to sleep in that morning, Jesus did… but he didn’t. Jesus knew how important that appointment with his Father was.

To establish a routine that ensures you get alone with God without distractions, first you must set a time and a place. Next, you need to show up. God will meet you there! It’s time to change dis-appointment to his-appointment. Make time in your schedule for your relationship with Christ. It is your most important relationship. Don’t leave it to chance.

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