I received this question from a small group leader several years ago: "As a working mom with additional church responsibilities, I am very busy. I find it difficult to regularly read and study my Bible. I want to be a good example to my family and my group. Do you think I'm too busy?"
A Christian leader is first of all a Christian. As simple as that sounds, many of us often forget it. You can't lead others where you are not going. Even more important, however, is the essentiality of having a walk with God yourself. As J. Oswald Sanders put it, "Everything in our Christian life and service flows from our relationship with God. If we are not in vital fellowship with Him, everything else will be out of focus."
I want to encourage you to do several things. First, make it a priority in your life to develop a relationship with God through personal Bible study, prayer, and worship. Do it because God wants to know you and be known by you. Second, find an accountability/support partner. Talk several times a week and encourage one another to keep going in your search to find intimacy with God. Third, Don't forsake your relationships with your family, your group, your church. Instead, draw upon the relationship you are developing with God to be a godly influence on those around you. God yearns not only for us to have communion with him, but for us to have fellowship with one another. That is one way we express our love for him (Matthew 25:40; 1 John 4:7-21).
You must decide for yourself, through prayer and perhaps fasting, if you, too, are "too busy." I can only say this: If you are too busy to spend time with God, you are too busy!
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