There isn’t anything that God asks individuals to do that his son Jesus didn’t already model on earth. Apparently, spending time alone with God was so important that Jesus got up earning in the morning to meet with his heavenly father. While this location is not mentioned by name it involves a secluded place, probably in the mountains outside of town. If you want to emulate Christ in all ways the first step should be finding a shack, an isolated location to meet with God.
Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there, Mark 1:35.
In the 2017 film based upon the 2007 book written by William P. Young, the Shack contains a scene where the main character receives a invitation to meet God in a shack. The only problem is that this is the place where Mack’s daughter was murdered. Confiding in a friend, Mack is not sure if this mysterious card in the mail is a trap sent by the his daughter’s killer, a sick prank or God? Afraid and curious, Mack ends up spending a weekend with God that transforms his life.
Simon [Peter] and his companions searched [everywhere, looking anxiously] for Him, 37 and they found Him and said, “Everybody is looking for You!”Mark 1:36-37
The passage above details the hindrance that awaits anyone hoping to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. If you don’t wake up early enough or find a setting without distractions, your time with God will be interrupted. Pastor Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church has a saying for any believer who rushes through their morning devotion. Nelson refers to this as a spiritual spit bath, void of the living water. In view of this analogy, if you want to celebrate and experience the abundant life of John 10:10, make your preparations today to find your shack to meet with God.
by Jay Mankus