Summary: If morning devotions were important to Jesus and David, they should also be important to us, if not more vital to our spiritual sustenance.
Do You Give God the First Fruits of Your Day (Mark 1:35-37)
Introduction: The shortening of private devotions starves the soul. William Wilberforce, Christian statesman of Great Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, once said, “I must secure more time for private devotions.” Following a failure in Parliament, he stated that his problems may have been due to the fact that he spent less and less time in his private devotions in which he could earnestly seek the will of God. He concluded, “God allowed me to stumble.”
If we do not earnestly seek for the will of God in our lives, He will let us stumble. The morning is an excellent time for devotions. If you schedule to do it during your day or in the evening, what happens when your day or evening become so hectic that your devotion time gets pushed out of the line up?
By having communion with God the Father in the morning, we are saying, “God, you are most important in my priorities and I will give you the first fruit of my day.” If we allow time for God first thing in the morning, He will bring together the rest of your day. You will be full spiritually and will not be hungry for this world. If you wait until later to have devotions with your Father, it most likely gets pushed out of the line up and never gets done, sometimes going days without talking with God or reading His Word. You will fill yourself up with the world and be to stuffed to eat spiritually when you get home.
1. Jesus even wanted to show us the importance of morning devotions with God. Even though Jesus kept a very busy schedule, He always put communion with His Heavenly Father first as a priority before everything else in His day. We also should put God first in the mornings as He then programs our thinking toward thinking above rather than the cares of this earth. “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4).
2. Jesus wants us to seek first His Kingdom and righteousness and this begins with how we set our mind, emotions, and behavioral direction during the first part of each day. What we think about, we become. If we start each day with worship, praise, and abiding with the Vine (God) we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. (John 15:5-7)
3. Jesus awoke before daybreak because he wanted to avoid the distractions that would come from people, events, and duties. We should also set an appointment with the Lord that we will not miss or put off. A good time is in the morning before all of the distractions of this world. Give God the rights to your schedule and He will help you maximize your contributions in all areas or your relationships, activities, and ministries. Do not be choked out by the worries, pleasures, and troubles of this life. (Mark 4:1-22)