Every day we are flooded with so many different things that compete for our attention. Each one of them appears to be shouting “MAKE ME THE MOST IMPORTANT THING” whether it is your job, family, friends, your kids sports, housekeeping, or eating healthy. The list could go on and on. It can become so overwhelming that we feel as though we don’t even know what our priorities are. This can lead us to have our faith be just another thing that we need to do… And we might feel like we are failing at that too…
Being a disciple of Jesus is about putting Jesus at the center of your life. How can we do that when so many other important things seem to be so urgent? Let’s look at three areas of life and how we can implement Jesus at the center. They are time, money, and desires.
Time: Think through a typical day… What do you do after you wake up? What time are you helping the kids out the door or going to work? What do you do when you have a free moment? Where is Jesus in all of this?
Jesus is with you at every moment in every day and realizing his presence with you is a great way of developing a relationship with him. This can be greatly aided by spending intentional time in prayer with him everyday. We will talk more about prayer in the next article. For now, I invite you to think about how you spend your time. Most people feel crunched on time; however, we tend to make time for the things that mean the most to us. When our relationship with God becomes our top priority, we will naturally start making time for him.
Money: One of the fascinating things about money is that what you buy really reflects what you value especially when it comes to things that aren’t basic necessities. It’s similar to the words that Jesus spoke in Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Buying things is not necessarily good or bad. It is more about how it affects us. A couple good questions to ask yourself about your possessions or what you are thinking about buying is: “How does/would this thing affect my relationship with others?” and “How does/would this thing affect my relationship with God?”
Desire: The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.” We are “prewired” to desire God. Yet, often we don’t even realize that we ultimately desire God. We almost stay at the surface of our desires and don’t look at the core. It is like we are hungering for a hearty nutritious meal, but we settle for french fries and a Coke. We need to learn to take our desires and elevate them to God which is their ultimate source and fulfillment.
The journey of discipleship does not just include the “religious” side of us. Rather, it includes everything because everything can and should be touched by God and lived in relationship with him. When we regularly give God time, let him enter our finances, and allow him to transform our desires, we will ever be made more like Christ himself through the power of the Holy Spirit.