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Take Time to Be Holy

  • Jim Townsley
  • May 17, 2016
Starting a church requires great initiative and hard work. Numerous tasks will keep the church planter busy from morning till night. Some of the tasks include finding a place to meet, preparing and distributing promotional materials, coordinating visiting groups, and knocking on doors. In addition to all the church tasks a preacher must find time for his family. The pressure of balancing all of the pressing tasks can be daunting. There never seems to be enough time to finish all of the tasks needed to be accomplished.
Though there is much to do, the pastor must recognize his relationship with the Lord is still his top priority. In the midst of all the busyness God can be ignored. It is a great tragedy if the preacher builds a church only to lose it because of a personal failure. God is the most important person in his life and his relationship with God must not be neglected. 
Consider the failure of Judas Iscariot. Judas sat under the teaching of Jesus along with all the other disciples, but he betrayed the Lord while the others became ardent followers. Peter became a great preacher, but he had to learn some hard lessons concerning his flesh before God could use him. The same is true today. Everyone needs God more than anything else in their lives. A preacher can get caught up in doing a great work, doing so in the flesh. Serving in the flesh will always lead to ruin. Becoming holy is an ongoing process for every believer which begins from the start of a church and continues throughout the ministry in the years to come. There will never be a time when the preacher can sit back and say he has arrived at a state of spirituality and his relationship with God is not needed. 
Being holy requires time and without taking time holiness will elude us. Finding a quiet place is a must for a preacher. The way my first pastor found time with the Lord is by going to a cemetery where he could pray and meditate. For him it was the perfect place. Others have found a room in their home where they can find solitude. Wherever it is there must be a place to get alone with God daily. I recall going up on a mountainside to view our city and just meditate over the need of our community. Getting alone and praying is the most important spiritual activity of the man of God and it must not be neglected.
There will be days where the phone rings early in the morning and your schedule is relentless until late at night. At the end of your day you may realize that you neglected to spend time with God. You can become like Martha, cumbered about with serving and miss the true relationship with Jesus. It is necessary to protect your time with God on a daily basis. Periodically it will be helpful to spend extended time with the Lord to recharge your spiritual life. Attending a retreat, a conference or a seminar for a few days may help energize your relationship with the Lord. Remember how Jesus taught the disciples to come apart and rest for a while. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. - - Mark 6:31  
Starting and building a church requires a lot of hard work, but it is important not to neglect to maintain a close relationship with the Lord. We must not forget that we are here to please Him and not just build a ministry. In our zeal we can lose sight of the one we are laboring to please. Let’s remember to take time to be holy!