by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
My sister, brother, and I had the great privilege of throwing a surprise birthday party for our mom. Under the supervision, and financial backing, of Dad, we were able to celebrate (and surprise) Mom with family and great friends. It was a wonderful evening full of laughter, fun, and great food! Needless to say, the plan required a lot of teamwork, secrecy, and “bending accuracies” so the surprise could come off without a hitch.
But what if we would have planned the entire party–made sure the food was ready, invited all of our friends and family, put up decorations, bought all of the presents, etc.–but forgot to make sure Mom showed up to the party?
As I was talking to my brother the next day, I was reminded that throwing a party and forgetting to invite the guest of honor can be a great deal like our walk with Christ. We live our spiritual lives as if we are completing a “to do list.” How many times do we go through our life planning, organizing, preparing, and then forget about Jesus, the guest of honor?
We go to church once a week, perhaps twice, and attend a worship service that is often scheduled to the minute. We read our Bibles at times as if we are checking it off the list. We pray for our list of prayer requests and put those away until the next prayer day. We often schedule Jesus, but do we honor Him as the guest of honor that He is?
Revelation 4:11 reminds us that God is worth our honor: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (NKJV)
God desires an intimate relationship with us. We were created to be in relationship with our Creator. He tells us in Proverbs 8:17, “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.” When we live our lives with a radical abandon for Christ, seeking Him with everything in us instead of treating our relationship with Him like a checklist, we will see Jesus for who He wants to be in our lives–our first love.
Fortunately, we didn't forget about the guest of honor at Mom's party. We had a wonderful time because of, or even in spite of, the hard work. Let’s remember that the true Guest of Honor in our life is Jesus Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to be in every aspect of the planning, organizing, and preparing of your life, and I promise that your time with Him will be better than a party.