It’s almost 10am and I’m finally getting some much needed coffee. It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to sit still and read from the Bible. I’m feeling the ache for some Jesus time. My second child, Rose, was born only three weeks ago, so my routine isn’t just temporarily thrown off… it’s in need of a permanent replacement. I’m thinking about days past of cuddling with my favorite blanket, my bible, journal, and my favorite coffee mug. Ahh…those were the days! My daily time with Jesus was Instagram glamorous.
I’m almost ready to open the Word, but I see my son doing the potty dance. He takes his time of course, and tells me all sorts of cute things in gibberish while he goes pee. His favorite part of potty time is washing his hands. This can be a very messing activity for a one year old, so naturally my presence is of the essence. As I dry his hands, I hear my little girl starting to cry. Really? I just fed you, changed you, and rocked you to sleep! As I walk to pick her up, I sigh. “I just want some time with Jesus.”
A verse suddenly comes to mind. I’m hit with it like a ton of bricks.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
This is time with Jesus. The little baby is the least of these. She’s hungry, naked, sick, and a stranger, without me. Jesus said he would never leave me or forsake me. His presence is always here.
As Christ-followers we can sometimes grade our faith by our few minutes in daily devotions. So often we have a very specific idea of what time with Jesus looks like. If it’s not Pinterest perfect then we feel like we aren’t making Jesus a priority. The truth is that God’s Word is alive. Meditating on scripture and remembering scripture is still time in the scripture. Who cares how much we read the Bible, if we never obey it? It’s more important for me to obey God by taking care of my children, then to read about taking care of my children.
Rocking my baby girl to sleep is time with Jesus. What I do to the least of these, I do to Christ himself. Wow. Changing poopy diapers may not be an Instagram-able (is that a word?) devotional time, but it is time with Jesus.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:34-40 New International Version (NIV)