Engaging in church activities is not a problem. Many wonderful things come out of one’s consistent commitment to church and family life. Losing focus of God’s higher vision- deep and rich love relationship with Him, is.
The complaint brought by the Lord against the church in Ephesus was not for what they were doing but for what they were failing to do.
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.
Failure to allow Jesus the highest place of honour in our lives will always displease the Father. It will always leave us with a compelling sense of loss, of incompleteness, a void, even an agony of heart that yearns for “something more” while struggling to identify the real issues of inner conflict. We will not reach for more until we are dissatisfied with our current level of relationship.
We must immerse our lives in prayer and the Word. Filled with a deep hunger and a firm resolve to break free from the grip of mediocrity that always chokes out the best things from God. Pray earnestly that God would launch us out into the deep with Him- that He would swing us across that huge gulf that separates us from essential steps to furthering our God-ordained destiny.
The marvel of it all: Such adventures will always stretch us past ourselves, fear and our inabilities. We will develop a clearer focus and a stronger faith. We will not only experience more of God’s love, but we will be amazed at the exciting ways He arranges for us to share His love and minister in His name. Our vision of life is always limited; His vision is always greater.
Accept the challenge. Be passionate for Jesus. Embrace your first love! Only here will you discover grace perfectly fitted for your future. He is a phenomenal God!
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola ( PhD ) © 2016