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Personal communion is defined as “the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.” It is friendship, kinship. Think about time you spend with family and friends. That is communing with them! But while we may partake of communion FOR God, are we partaking of it WITH Him?

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Personal Communion – What Communion Is

We tend to think of the word “communion” as the physical act of taking the bread and wine at church. But communion is spending time with someone in conversation, physical expression, and so on.

Every conversation we have with friends is communion with them.

When you speak to your parents, you are experiencing communion with them. Every time you spend time with your spouse, sharing your day with them, is communion.

It is a verb as well as a noun!

But many times, when it comes to God, we focus on the noun and not the verb. We focus more on the act of taking communion than the personal communion with Him that we should also partake in.

Personal Communion – A Tale of Two Sons

Picture a father who has two sons.

One son comes to the house each week and mows his father’s lawn. He goes and does the grocery shopping for him and runs errands for him.

The son may see if the father needs anything else and happily does what he can for him. The father, sensing his son’s desire to get on with his own business, tells him he’s good. They say their goodbyes and the son tells him he’ll be by next week to do it all again.

Sounds like a wonderful son right?

But then let’s look at son number two.


The Second Son

This son comes to the house and makes the father a cup of coffee, sits down in the living room with him and asks how his week was.

The father tells him all about the people he spoke to that week. They laugh and share stories about when the son was a little boy. They may talk a bit about Mom and how they miss her.

The son shares with his father how his job is going. He may talk about the girl he met that he really likes! The father may ask him to bring the girl by if “things get serious”. They chuckle a bit and share more stories.

The father mentions his shoes are getting kind of worn out, so the son drives the father down to the store and they pick him out a new pair.

When he brings him home, the son makes dinner for his father and sits down and eats with him. They watch a movie together! He knows his father loves to laugh and so he picked out a great comedy for them to watch.

Then the time comes for the son to go home. He gives the father a big hug and tells him he will see him next weekend and maybe they can go fishing if the weather is nice! They say goodbye and the father heads to bed, happy for the time he got to spend with his son.

Are You Mowing God’s Lawn?

Both sons in this story are good sons! They both love their father, they both take the time out each week to go to his house and make sure he’s doing ok. The father appreciates BOTH sons and loves them the same!

But son number one was focused on DOING for the father. He was focused on the obligatory tasks he had to do as a son. He didn’t really stop and enjoy his father. There was no sharing; just doing.

But son number two took the time in communion with his father. He did do some tasks for him! He took his father to the store, he made him dinner, he thought ahead of time about what his father might like to watch.

But the most meaningful part of this encounter with the second son was the time spent laughing, telling stories, and sharing life together!

Are you just mowing God’s lawn?

Are you spending time in personal communion WITH God or are you doing things FOR God?

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Yes, there should be things we should do for the Kingdom! Even Jesus said, at a very young age in Luke 2:49:

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” KJV

The Word says in James 2:14-17:

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (NIV)

Faith without works is dead. We NEED to have works so that we can be about our Father’s business here on this earth! We cannot just sit at home and take comfort in our salvation.

But if all we do is work FOR God without spending time WITH God, then we are not in relationship.

Are you spending time with the Father or just ‘mowing His lawn’?

As a blogger, I can tell you I have to be VERY careful about how my time is spent. I could easily fall into the “doing” of my ministry and feel like I am serving God well, but God wants His daughter to spend time WITH Him too.

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Self-Care Guide

There is so much talk these days about the importance of self-care. Whether you are Christian or not, you have likely seen and read articles about self-care.

Let me offer to you here the ultimate self-care guide. This is the self-care guide that should come before any other! A self-care guide that should be the foundation of everything you do to take care of yourself or others.

Are you ready? This is big!

Prayer!

Shocker right? (I am being facetious of course!)

Prayer is the ultimate self-care guide. It is (or at least should be) the foundation for everything else we do in our lives.

Prayer is spending time with our Father, not just doing for Him!

When we spend that time with Him in prayer, we can be filled! We can receive the help we need!


Prayer is the Master Key and the Key to the Master

Prayer, along with a study of the Word, is not only the master key to all things but it is the key to the Master Himself.

We grow in our relationship with God, not by doing things we think He wants us doing, but by going to Him and being fed.

How do we know if the works we are doing are what God wants us to spend our time on (or if we called to them) if we don’t seek Him first?

Prayer is the master key and the key to the Master!

We can be like the first son and believe “doing” for our Father is showing love or we can take the time out to have personal communion with Him AND doing for Him!

Like most other things in life, balance is needed. God is not telling us to be so heavenly focused we are no earthly good. He is telling us that to be effective IN the world, we need to go to the source to be refreshed and renewed.

How did the second son know his father liked comedy movies? By spending time with him.

How do we know what direction God wants us to take? By spending time with Him, through prayer and His Word!

Let’s not just “mow the lawn” but stop in and spend time with our Father in personal communion with Him. Let’s just rest in His presence, put our head on His shoulder, and just love on Him!

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Some other posts like ‘Personal Communion’ you might enjoy:

SCRIPTURES ON PEACE – 5 VERSES TO PRAY IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS!

LAMP UNTO MY FEET – HOW GOD’S WORD GUIDES OUR WALK

PRAYER IS A CONVERSATION WITH GOD – SO WHY AREN’T WE LISTENING?

ACTS PRAYER METHOD

THE CHRISTIAN AND THE OUTER COURT – JOURNEY INTO THE TABERNACLE

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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.

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    Michele Morin
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    Well, there’s certainly enough convicting material in this post to fuel a long ponder over my second cup of tea this morning. Thank you, Diane, for this thoughtful offering.

    Susan Nelson
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    I love everything about this post! We’ve been doing weekly communion leading up to Easter and I have been truly reflecting on the meaning and prayer. Thank you!

    Nicki Schroeder
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    All I can say is YOU GO GIRL. PREACH! 🙂

    Lisa Burgess
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    I love words that are both verbs and nouns (it’s one reason I chose Lisa ‘notes’ as my blog title since ‘notes’ is both a verb and a noun). Thanks for expanding my view of communion. I want to actually be in communion with God!

    adaughtersgiftoflove
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    Great comparison, like a parable.

    Debra Jean
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    Love this! Prayer truly is the BEST self-care, I think that is the point of having a day of rest. We renew when we stop and spend time with our Creator. My favorite line though is
    “Prayer, along with a study of the Word, is not only the master key to all things but it is the key to the Master Himself.”
    I feel so luck to write about God’s Word as it gives me more time to study it and spend time with Him! Many Thanks 8)

    Read Cook Devour
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    I agree, there is an important balance. Faith without works is dead, but if our works aren’t motivated by child like love and delight in our Father, we have it all backwards.

    Diana
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    You have written such valuable truths,Diane ! I have always made sure to be intentional in prayer and communing with my Heavenly Father and not be superficially mowing the lawn.

    Great post – tweeting and pinning as well

    tturbeville
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    tturbeville

    My favorite sentence: Every conversation we have with friends is communion with them. Will try to keep that in mind. Thanks for sharing you gift with us.

    Julie
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    I really love this. A friend of mine and I have spoken extensively about faith vs. works. I’ve shared this article with her. Thank you!

    Maree Dee
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    Yes, it is so easy to get busy doing for God and not spending time with him. I try to make it a habit to put him first. Today I was debating whether to get out on the mountain or stay home and get work done. You convinced me to get out and commune with God in a place I love to meet HIM. Thank you, Maree

    Sarah
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    When I first read your metaphor of the two sons, I was skeptical because I thought they were both loving their father in two different ways. But as I continued to read, I think you made a really good connection to communion. I definitely feel more connected to people who take the time to sit with me and know me versus people who just do tasks (a certain loved one comes to mind whose love language is “acts of service” – and I’m working on choosing to believe the best instead of focusing on what is lacking 🙂 ). This… Read more »

    ArynTheLibraryan
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    ArynTheLibraryan

    This is so well put. Both are necessary, but ‘mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken from her!’ personal communion is necessary, or we can become works based and legalistic

    Carlie Lake
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    Carlie Lake

    Wow! So much to mull over here, Diane! I love that analogy! I really want to find that balance; may the Lord help me. Thanks for your insightful post.