God made salvation a unique and real experience. This infinite connection to His Spirit is the most profound awareness a person can have with Him. Nothing matches being alone with the Lord. It’s a fabulous place where we come in contact with the purity of God’s holiness.
And behind closed doors is where God waits for you to embrace His sovereignty.
Christ gives the greatest testimony to spending private time with our Father. Jesus never wavered from removing Himself from everything. He put aside time and made being alone with God a top priority.
When the Messiah walked on the water, he was returning to the Disciples from spending time with God (Matthew 14:22-33). In the Gospel of Luke, it bears witness to the frequency of Christ’s alone time with our Father (Luke 5:16).
Christ didn’t say to God, “I’m too busy saving the world and will get back to you later.” Jesus never said, God, you understand the weakness of the flesh and will forgive me. No, Christ understood our Father doesn’t find it favorable in being secondary. Jesus’s wisdom showed it was best to stop and spend time in private with God.
If Christ secluded Himself in front of God, then this leaves me no excuses not to do the same?
When I neglect spending time with God, it shows up in subtle ways. My outlook on life becomes clouded with negativity, and I live in unnecessary sin. The results from leaving God out causes me to say things to others that hurt their feelings and creates spiritual conflict. Most of the time others see my unrighteousness before I realize my wrongful actions. Often God uses others to let me know my behavior is unacceptable.
It’s easy to place personal commitments ahead of God. Rationalization is a spiritual killer since it justifies disobedience. When I go it alone without Christ’s aid, my vulnerability is at its peak. This is a great opening for the devil to move in and cause havoc in my mental, spiritual and emotional existence. I don’t have the strength, strong enough to prevent sin from dominating my life.
But the Good News is once I humble myself back to God and repent, then He blesses me with His love.
Christ taught us to go behind closed doors and humble ourselves before the Lord. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father, who is in the secret place; and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly,” (Matthew 6:6).
Here our Lord Jesus Christ explains the way God responds to us when we go behind closed doors. Our Father rewards us with love, mercy, and grace. When we put this into action, we become united with the Holy Trinity. It’s in these intimate times we experience God’s presence and Christ’s compassion. We find an inner peace, unlike any other kind. This is even more profound when we are in turmoil and discover the serenity God brings in times of distress.
If God was gracious enough to save you then shouldn’t you give Him your undivided attention?
Another excellent reward of building a personal relationship with God is the way we respond to life’s terms. It’s through our intimacy with Christ we can live holy in a world full of evil. This courage to turn away from sin gives others a testimony to God’s presence in our lives. Here we can live in faith when the world brings us an injustice. Our ability to live in His will under troublesome times proves to the world God is alive.
Behind closed doors is an exhilarating place where God’s Light shines the brightest. The more time we spend there our bond with Christ strengthen. We can agree without God we are headed for trouble.
Are you spending time alone with God?