Reflect has been a word this year that has stuck out to me more than anything else. I think God has been leading me to reflect on Him more often for many reasons, including the fact that I am always going from one thing to the next. When I live that way, I often miss the point and miss out on what’s really important.
One definition of reflect is to “think deeply or carefully about” something. I think that’s a really fitting description of what I’ve needed to do this year and I’d like to encourage you to do the same. After all, we should think deeply or carefully about Jesus and what He has done for us. What else is more important?
Here’s 3 reasons we need to reflect on Jesus:
Reflecting Causes Us To Slow Down
I know I’m not the first person to experience or think that our culture is crazy fast paced! We’ve all experienced it and you might even be experiencing it right now as you skim through this blog post. Maybe you have 30 tabs opened up on your browser or phone? Either way, we often times go from one thing to the next without even taking a second to breathe, but is that healthy?
Let’s take coffee for example, we can go the Keurig route, or the Chemex route.
I recently learned from my friend Joseph that when you use a Chemex maker, you are using the “pour over” method of coffee. When you slow down and use this method, you end up with a cleaner cup of coffee. The filter takes a lot of grittiness and bite of the oil out of the cup for a smoother drink.
The same can be said for our time with Jesus.
We can go the “Keurig” route and read the Bible and pray for 2 seconds, then move on with our day. Or we can go the “Chemex” route, take our time reading the Bible and praying as we begin our day, and have a much higher quality experience with The Lord.
My encouragement to you, choose quality time with The Lord every time…it’ll make a huge difference!
Reflecting Allows Us To Hear From God
A lot of times, we struggle with whether we’re hearing from The Lord or is it just ourselves? How can we know for sure? One way is to take what we are hearing and line it up with Scripture…does it contradict what God is saying in the Bible? If not, most likely you’re hearing from The Lord.
When we reflect on Jesus, we learn more about Him and what it means to follow Him. We learn how He spent His life, how He spent His time, and what He was all about. When we are careful about reading the Bible and spending time with God, He will reveal more and more of Himself to us.
So then when we find ourselves in any given situation when we “hear” something, we’ll know pretty quickly if it is God speaking to us or not. And the best part is that when we know God is speaking to us, we’re confident to move forward in obedience and trust Him every step of the way. We can even do that joyfully because He has called us to be joyful in all circumstances!
Reflecting Makes Jesus First In Our Lives
Whatever you reflect on the most reveals where your real priorities are in your life. The most important reason we need to reflect on Jesus is to make Him first in our lives. I think this is the main reason God is leading me to reflect more often and has revealed to me that I often don’t make Jesus my first priority.
If we reflect on the Gospel and what Jesus has done for us, including the fact that we are forgiven for all past, present, and future sins…and we were to reflect that each day, imagine what we (the Church) would be doing for Him?! It’s amazing to think of how God would use us in so many ways if He was the first priority in our lives!
Praise God for being rich in mercy towards His children and giving us the ability by the Holy Spirit to reflect on Jesus and follow Him one day at a time.
Let’s reflect on what Jesus has done for us and make Him the first priority in our lives on this day and going forward to the next.