Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser Print E-mail
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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

In James 4:8, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Building and maintaining great relationships is hard work. It requires precious uninterrupted time and abundant patience, but the rewards are priceless. It brings us no financial gain, and we live in a world where we are made to believe money makes the world go round. Therefore we go off to work to make money for buying things, which will replace us in the lives of our loved ones. It can get so bad that we never notice that we are growing further apart, until we wake up one day to find everything has fallen apart. But it is never too late to make the effort to build a good relationship if we are willing to put in the time and effort to turn things around.

When we read about the life of Jesus it teaches us a very important principle, which most of us choose to ignore. He taught us that a relationship with God should be our first priority, and everything else should be secondary. Jesus always woke up early every morning to spend as much private time with God as possible, before anyone else even spoke to Him. He said that all His works were a byproduct of what He heard and saw the Father doing when He spent time with Him.

Jesus knew His time on earth was short and the only way He could do everything which had been prophesied, was to stay in constant communion with God. If we want the level of success He had then we must be willing to invest the time and effort to know the word, pray the word and spend time in God’s presence. It might be hard work to find the time to do it but if we make the effort, the rewards will be beyond our imagination.