The second week of February is a great time to talk about love and romance. Cupids are flying and hearts are everywhere.
Have you ever thought about the fact that the Bible is a love story. It is the story of God reaching to mankind and how people respond. We see examples of great love for God, and we see examples of people who turned away from His wooing to go their own way.
In the Book of Revelation, God spoke to the church of Ephesus and told them that they had left their first love. Even though they were doing some righteous activities and maintaining their doctrinal purity, their love for God just wasn’t what it once was. In His words to them, He urged them to remember and return to this first love for Him.
Sometimes our worship becomes dry and duty driven, but God wants us to love and fellowship with Him.
I wonder what God would say if He wrote a note today. Here are some of my thoughts*.
Remember when we walked together –
when time with Me was a priority for you?
Remember when you hurried through your chores so that you could talk with Me? It wasn’t a formal prayer; we just conversed about your day and your dreams. Then you were quiet, and My Voice resonated in your spirit.
Remember when you read chapter after chapter in my Word because you were hungry to know about Me.
Remember when almost every conversation ended up being about Me? I’m all you wanted to talk about.
I miss those days. I miss the times of fellowship with you. I miss you.
You’re really busy now, and you’re doing lots of good things. Some of them even have My name on them.
You have many responsibilities, but I’m not sure you love Me anymore.
I can help you sort out the busyness, and I can help carry your responsibilities if you let Me.
I love you. I love you, and I want you to love me.
Do you remember?
Revelation 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. (ESV)
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.
Thanks for this. The church at Ephesus did many good things, but the Lord pointed out that the activities crowded out their relationship with Him. When I think about it–many times the Bible records that what God wants most is relationship–for example, when the Lord was at Mary and Martha’s house. Mary was in relationship with Him, but Martha was busy doing. It’s too easy for me to think accomplishing things is what gets the Lord’s approval, so thanks for this reminder.
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I know what you mean. It is so easy to get caught up in what we are doing and lose our focus on why we are doing it.