The Most Important Thing I Do Every Day

 
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Every day when I wake up, the first thing I tend to is the feeding of my soul. In the midst of everything happening around me, the most important thing I can do every day is to meet with God. I have found that more important than the food I eat, the coffee I drink, the work I do, the people I have to meet, even more than caring for my precious daughter and wife, nothing is more important than my daily meeting with God.

Meeting with God on a daily basis is the foundation everything else in my life is built upon. All other responsibilities and relationships are like bricks compared to the foundation founded in my daily meetings with God. If my foundation begins to shake and crumble, it is only a matter of time before the entire building falls down. So it is with our lives. If our daily walk with God becomes shaky, everything else that we are building will begin to crack and eventually crumble down.

Most of us reading this already know this to be true. We know it is important to strengthen our relationship with God. We know we should continuously grow in our walk with God. So why am I reiterating something that you may already know? Because some things are elementary while other things are foundational. Elementary things we learn early on and move on from, but foundational things are things we must revisit for the rest of our lives. Our daily meetings with God is perhaps the most essential thing in our entire lives. It is foundational. I am convinced that meeting with God on a daily basis is literally the most important thing that we can do for the rest of our lives.

So let me just share with you how I personally do this. I do not do this perfectly and have my ups and downs, but this is what I strive for:

I try my absolute best to read my Bible every single day, first thing in the morning and then spend at least 30 minutes in prayer. There are two things here that I am striving for with my relationship with God: 1) Every day and 2 ) First thing in the morning. Why every day? Because every day I wake up, I need food for my soul. The reason why I read God’s Word every single day is the same reason why I eat every day. Without it, I grow fatigued and weak. If I do not feed my soul with God’s Word every single day, my inner-man becomes weak, dry and fatigue. I need fresh bread and fresh food on a daily basis to keep a vibrant relationship with God. There is no other way. Perhaps, this is why Jesus said, “For man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus would fast from physical food to feast on spiritual food. In the middle of his 40 day fast, Christ was essentially saying, “You eat food every day right? You must also eat God’s word every day. You can’t live without food right? You also cannot live without God’s Word.”

Not only do I try my best to read God’s Word every day, I try to do it first thing in the morning. When we wake up, it’s a new day. No matter what happened the day before, the moment you open your eyes in the morning, God has given you a brand new day. I have found that feeding my mind, heart and soul with God’s Word first thing in the morning sets the tone for the entire day. Everything is clear and reset when I wake up. So before I fill my mind with news, social media, entertainment and work responsibilities, I try my best to fill it with God. This has become so much more challenging with the busyness of life and especially with my newborn baby. However, the busier I am, the more important it is that I spend my mornings with God. Even Jesus, with the fate of the entire world on his shoulders, would wake early in the morning to spend time with God the Father, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

So much insight from this one verse. Jesus wakes up very early in the morning. This is not about Jesus being a morning person: this is about Jesus doing whatever it takes to make time to meet with His Father. Jesus in the midst of everything that was going on around him, makes time early in the morning to be with His Father. Time with God is not given, it is made. We must make it a priority no matter what is going on around us. Notice also that Jesus departed and went out to a desolate place. Why a desolate place? Jesus’ meetings with His Father were personal and intimate. Jesus got away from the crowd and all the responsibilities He had to be with His Father. These were moments between Him and God alone. No one else was invited into these meetings. This means when we spend time with God, our goal is to have undistracted time with Him.

As we come to an end with this post, I wanted to reiterate some things and share some practical steps to follow:

1) Spend time in God’s Word and presence every single day.

2) Read the Word first thing in the morning. If this is not possible with your given schedule, try to find a time in the day where you will not be distracted by tasks or people.

3) After reading the Bible, try to spend at least 30 minutes praying. During that time, respond to the Word that you read and give the day to Him.

4) I personally try follow a Bible Reading plan to help me read through the entire Bible. I recently finished reading through the Bible Chronologically.

5) Read through a Bible plan together with a group of close friends or even with your family/spouse! My wife and I along with our leadership team recently starting reading Our Daily Bread together.

 

William Chung is a husband, father and the founder of The Meeting Place TMP. He received his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University, M. Div. at Talbot School of Theology and is currently pursuing a D. Min. at Dallas Theological Seminary.

 
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