Think about the things that you do in your life that are out of duty. Now, think about the things that you do in your life that are out of desire. If you have a relationship with Jesus, under which of those 2 categories would spending time with Jesus go?

For me, I’m the type of person who loves to create checklists, things to do list, etc. Then, I check off the item/thing to do once complete. I feel accomplished. There have been times where in my mind once I finish my devotion reading and prayer time to Jesus, I check it off. For me, I find that duty signifies an attitude of “Let’s get this done.” It’s kind of like “you’re in a hurry” type of attitude. In terms of reading your Bible and praying, duty can sometimes look like you are watching the clock because your time is limited. That has happened to me.

On the other hand, I love when I read my Bible and pray out of desire. I’m not in a hurry. I take my time to study God’s Word, and to hear what God is saying to me. As I study, I write down points in my notebook, and then take the time to pray. My attitude is different. I am enjoying the time spent with Jesus.

I find that when I desire to spend time with Jesus, it allows me to have a more willing attitude. I am willing to wait and to hear what Jesus wants to say to me. I am willing to sit in silence. I am willing to have Jesus fill my cup till it overflows because I am not in a hurry.

Do you want to join me on the journey, and go from duty to desire in spending time with Jesus?

What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment.

Be encouraged,

Aisha Nixon