“Quiet Time” is great.
But countless numbers of Christians have unintentionally slipped into a deadly substitute I call, “TOO-quiet time.”
It’ll kill you.
I hereby declare all-out war on “TOO-quiet time.”
“TOO-quiet time” is the reason you would rather pick up a tattered, six month-old magazine than your Bible.
“TOO-quiet time” is the reason you opt for 60 minutes of television reruns over 60 seconds in prayer.
So what’s wrong with “TOO-quiet time?”
It’s too quiet! It’s what happens when you allow your daily devotions to become dull, boring and lifeless.
Even if out of guilt, discipline or obligation you force yourself to do it today, there’s nothing about it that makes you long to do it again tomorrow.
Jesus wants absolutely nothing to do with dull, bland, weak , stale, thin, dead, flat, gaunt, trite, tasteless, lifeless, forceless, arid, empty, vapid, barren, stolid, starving, sterile, stinted, sleepy, skimpy, scrawny, scrimpy, scanty, frigid, tiresome, meager, tepid, lukewarm, humdrum, banal, jejune, deficient, insipid, prosaic, pedantic, lackluster, wearisome, watered-down, dry as dust, flavorless, tenuous, tedious, ordinary, uninspired, inadequate, funereal, diminutive, monotonous, exiguous, insignificant, lackadaisical, emaciated, parsimonious, uninteresting, unimaginative, unenthusiastic, namby-pamby, wishy-washy, half-hearted “quiet time.”
“I tell you,” says Jesus, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” 1
“But wait a minute!” you may be tempted to argue. “Something’s better than nothing, right?”
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”2
If you want absolute quiet, take a nap. But when you go 1on1 with Jesus, He wants you wide awake.
“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”3
Then if Jesus doesn’t want “TOO-quiet time,” what does He want?
”Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”4
Jesus doesn’t want a little of you. He doesn’t want a lot of you. He wants all of you.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”5
So give it to Him.
I double-dog dare you to plunge head-long into a white hot, fired-up, Banzai, avid, ardent, candid, eager, fiery, thrilling, burning, moving, stirring, piquing, shocking, startling, tingling, gasping, kindling, roiling, devout, sublime, intense, profound, plumbless, fathomless, bottomless, rapturous, mysterious, feverish, passionate, recondite, breathtaking, transporting, compelling, explosive, exciting, ecstatic, inflaming, exalting, inspiring, arousing, engrossing, elating, igniting, absorbing, intriguing, sagacious, inciting, unalloyed, unrestrained, all agog, provocative, awakening, emotional, enjoyable, animated, catalytic, penetrating, mesmerizing, galvanizing, death-defying, stimulating, activating, captivating, elevating, instigating, intoxicating, exhilarating, precipitating, electrifying, unadulterated, unimaginably deep, pure, rich, true, all-consuming, pedal-to-the-metal, no-holds-barred, over-the-top, daily encounter with Almighty God.
You were made for this.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.