A letter from dad
Most of them were written by my Dad (Dad went to be with Jesus 10 years ago). The letters were full of news about what my parents had been doing and questions about how I was etc. However, what struck me most about these letters was that in virtually every one, Dad had written a few lines encouraging me to make sure that whatever else I did I should make sure that I spent time with God every day and how important it was for me to do that.
I remember being taught JOY in Sunday school: Jesus First
Out of our relationship with God should flow a desire to share the gospel with others. Evangelism however is not just about making sure people have a ticket to heaven, but that they have a ongoing, lasting, relationship with the living God throughout our lives. I know in a sense that's discipleship, but it all starts by coming into relationship! It may seem obvious but our witnessing and evangelism will become empty if we've not been spending time with God.
The other day I came across this quote from a guy called Chip Brogden: "Unless we have invested a great deal of time in our secret ministry to the Lord, then the shallowness of our ministry will be very evident. Today it is abundantly clear that not enough time is spent ministering to the Lord, and way too much time spent ministering to people; hence, most of what is done in the name of ministry is performed in a fleshly, human way which never bears any lasting fruit"
Change of priorities
Of course we can easily start to feel guilty when we realise that maybe we've not been spending the time with God we should. We have to prioritise our time. We will all do the things that are important to us. We make time for our family, work and leisure activities - and rightly so, but they shouldn't take the place of our daily time with God.
In my experience, when we make that commitment to daily spend time with God our love and passion for Him increases, and along with it, the desire to tell others about his love - is that your experience too?