As we saw yesterday, the secret place is a beautiful thing to cultivate as it increases our dependence and intimacy with God. It is also a place to be taught by Him and set our mind on what is important. With everything going on around us, whether personally or globally, an eternal perspective is the way to overcome.
As educators, we know the importance of teaching and guidance. We must learn information and figure out how to apply it. In the same vein, to see the world as God sees it we must be taught by Him. John 14:26 – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” The Holy Spirit helps us to focus on what is important in this life. The secret place is where we can renew that focus daily.
Question: What are we setting our eyes on?
Which part of the “rope” are you setting your mind on? Jesus spent time with His Father to make sure His eyes were set on the right priorities, and that His life was set according to the right timeframe and plan. 2 Corinthians 5:8-10 says, “8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
Our life is about perspective. If my focus is on this life, being concerned with the things of this world – where is my income going to come from? How am I going to provide for my family? Will we have enough supplies at home? Will there be enough toilet paper? :/ – then anxiety will surely come. My aim will be to pursue these things. Yet Jesus shows us a better way: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). We know that we need certain things to survive, and Jesus knows that, but His desire is for us to fix our eyes on what is important, namely, the Father’s will (see Luke 12 for further reading). An eternal perspective will allow us to be free from anxiety, and be free for good works towards those around us.
Take time in the secret place to allow God to show you what is important, and what He is asking from you each day. Seek Him above what is going on around you and He will give you clarity.
Ask yourself: What do I spend the majority of my time thinking about or doing? Have I submitted my thoughts and actions to the Lord and asked whether they are relevant in light of eternity?
May you see His glory today and be refreshed as you are taught by our Lord.