The Untethered Mind
Neglecting ~ Jesus and others
Why? Why do I do this? (again and again...)
Hebrews 13:2 do not neglect to show hospitality...
Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve (pain, sting, sadden, upset, distress, devastate, cause suffering to, crush, break someone's heart ~ I hope this captures the identity of the word...) the Holy Spirit of God by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
I’d like to blame my neglect of fellowship in relationships on C19, That would be the easy way out, wouldn't it. Banned from visiting, from social gatherings, banned from restaurants, from public venues, banned from worship. Certainly, C19 gave me a reason for neglect but in truth I've been this way most of my life. In part, I am more of an introvert. Only introverts comprehend how it feels and what is required.
During the last few months of our time in California folks we hadn't heard from or even seen in years wanted to have a final visit with us (in addition to our regular group of family and friends.) We tried to accommodate everyone. Don't get me wrong here. I am not casting blame or tarnishing character. Instead, what came to mind is why don’t we give attention to friendships in our day-to-day living? What gets in the way? Aren't relationships more important than cleaning house and all those mundane adult responsibilities? Certainly, there are options beyond an actual face to face to use in keeping up with friends. Phone calls, texting, social media (btw whatever happened to Myspace?) and my personal favorite: notes and letters. But somehow time and effort just slip away until there is a need or an event either of my own or my friend(s).
It is the same with Jesus and me. When I have a need or want or concern it’s “hello Jesus, remember me? I need, I want, I wonder.” Now don’t get me wrong here. Most days I do a devotional or work on my Bible study and my thoughts are often of Jesus just not with Jesus. Same with my friends ~ I think of them and pray for them but I don’t often think with them or pray with them. There is my lack, there is my neglect.
Romans 8 (for the work and purpose of our fellowship with the Holy Spirit of God) The Holy Spirit of God is my full supply and resource. Jesus is the most nourishing friendship ever. Period. And yet often the most neglected relationship. Without His leading I fail again and again. I lack. I experience writer’s block according to His good and perfect will because I disconnected from Him. His Holy Spirit empowers believers to live for Christ, to do His will. Sin cuts off the supply line and requires confession and repentance to set right that precious relationship again.
(1 Corinthians 2:12, Galatians 5:16, John1:9). This seems to be a constant battle and one that I do not have to experience – if only... If only I would stop neglecting Him in deference to the world first. In deference to the newspaper, email and Facebook. Yes, Facebook. A place where part of my ministry in writing is presented, where I want to show His love and our hope. It has a place in my life but it should not be first place...
By Stacey Baer
The Untethered Mind