But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
Holiday meals are special times when our family members are intentional about gathering together around the table. (Be there or risk being out of the will!) This Easter everyone was there making for 20 at dinner, with an honorary pineapple sitting in for me. Everyone enjoyed plentiful amounts of food and sweet fellowship. I was able to call in to enjoy Easter conversation and laughter, but sadly for me joining in long distance: no leftovers! When the meal was finished and all the dishes put into Tupperware and put in the refrigerator, everyone retires to the yard to play while insisting they won’t be able to eat for days.
Later that evening however, one of us pulls out the desserts. The ham gets nibbled on and a piece of cake and another roll are eaten, as folks are still happy with the day’s offerings. But by today, the meat is a little dry, the deviled eggs are long gone and the pickled eggs have shriveled up in a most unappetizing way. It isn’t quite as satisfying. The leftovers have overstayed their welcome.
Sometimes, don’t we treat our spiritual lives the same way? We attend worship on Sunday morning, filling ourselves on music and preaching, and we leave the church building feeling full and satisfied. Perhaps it even seems as if we’ve been fed enough to last the whole week.
The example Jesus set, however, was not a once-a-week trip to a spiritual buffet. Christ worshiped in the synagogue, but He also consistently spend time with God alone, filling Himself with the things of God and encouraging us to do the same. Leftovers are simply not as satisfying.
Awaken your hunger for His Word like you do for your secret indulgences.