Our good works should reflect our ongoing relationship Christ and detract from it. He should be our focus and once our focus remains on Him, we then share our love for Him with others. When Jesus ministered to the people, His focus was always on God who sent Him. He told His disciples, “for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36) Jesus spent most of His time teaching the gospel but He found the time to meditate. In Luke 6:12, it says, “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” It is good to minister to the needy and help people but we must always have time for God. God should always come first. We must never lose sight of Him.
There is mention of a prophetess named Anna, who served God with fastings and prayers night and day. She spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption. (Luke 2:36, 37-38) In his letter to the Romans, Paul urges them to, “Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Paul is advising the church to serve God in addition to ministering to the people. We shouldn’t do one and not the other. We shouldn’t be so caught up in helping people that we forget to acknowledge God whom we are working for.
Our relationship with Jesus should take precedence over everything and everyone else. We should not allow anything to draw us away from him or take our up so much of our time that we neglect Him. Time spent with Jesus is precious and should be cherished.
In Matthew 26:6-12, it is written that when Jesus and His disciples were in Bethany, a woman poured costly fragrant oil on His head. His disciples were angry and said that she was wasting oil which could have been sold for a lot of money that could have been given to the poor. Jesus’ response was, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she had done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.” This woman whom the apostle John revealed was Mary, Lazarus’ sister, realised how precious little time she had with Jesus and she made the most of it.
We are more fortunate. Jesus is with us all the time. He’s just a prayer away. We should spend time with Him everyday, praising Him, giving thanks to Him and honouring Him. We should focus on Him so that we are able to:
Form a stronger bond with Him
Open our hearts to Him
Commit ourselves to Him
Understand Him better
Strengthen our faith
Jesus desires that we love one another as He loved us but, at the same time, we cannot allow our relationship with Him to suffer. When we have a close relationship with God, people will know that He is working through us to help others. They will know that we are His ambassadors. That we were sent by Him minister to others just as He Himself was sent by the Father to do His works.