If I could pass along to you only one thing, only one critical piece of advice or guidance in your walk with the Lord it is this: jealously guard your relationship with Jesus.
Why? Because it is your relationship — your intimacy with Jesus — that is constantly under attack.
Not under attack in the sense that you’ll risk losing your salvation; if you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, confessed your sin and your need of His saving grace, then you are sealed with his Holy Spirit and your salvation is secure.
What I’m talking about is the intimacy and depth of your relationship with Jesus — the kind of intimacy that comes from abiding in Him and bears the kind of fruit in our lives that God desires from us.
Read John 15:1–17 and hear what Jesus talks about in the act of “abiding“ in Him; maintaining that critical, vital connection that results in His Word and life coming fully alive in us, and our lives becoming and producing everything God planned for and dreamed for us.
Maintaining that relationship through spending time with Jesus in His Word — drawing nourishment and strength from it that helps you to know God better, love God more, and follow Jesus more closely.
That’s not a balancing act, that’s a priority thing.
Jealously guard your relationship with Jesus. Make Him your first priority — He’s the greatest treasure you possess! Give Him the first, the best parts of your time, energy and thoughts, and watch how your life flourishes!
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