“When I first fell in love with my wife, I never “forgot” to call her or spend time with her. Rarely, if ever, did she get crowded out because I was so “busy.””
– Francis Chan
This quote and some of the thoughts below are from an article by Francis Chan.
Yeah. It happens. I forget to love God.
I don’t want it to happen. In fact, when I’m lost in the depths of prayer, it’s clear to me that there’s no other place that I’d rather be. I know that I love God. When I sit and think about Him, I’m filled with intense feelings of adoration. I’m convinced that He means more to me than anything or anyone else on the planet.
I just forget to love Him.
We can argue that we’re busy doing ministry, which is how we express our love. But if that’s all God wanted, His words to the Ephesians in Revelation 2 would make no sense.
Imagine Jesus speaking the following words to you. Read it slowly and contemplatively.
“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. 3 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! 5 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. But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious, I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.” – Revelation 2:2-7
God recognizes the Ephesian church for their wonderful ministry. Yet He tells them, “You have forsaken your first love.”
Jesus Wants Love.
“God tells the hard working, sin hating, doctrine loving, persecuted church that He doesn’t want them around unless they love Him. He’s never been interested in unloving children. His desire has always been love.” – Francis Chan
Love is supposed to be the catalyst of all godly action.
When is the last time you came alone before your Father just to enjoy Him? If it has been a while, get alone and adore Him. Pray that you would no longer merely love Him through your religious actions, but with the passion befitting a person in love.
Also published on Medium.