A few days ago my cousin called me. We had not talked in years but yet we had plenty to talk about as our friendship quickly rekindled. It was a refreshing conversation that lasted for a long time as we caught up on life.
Sometimes we may lose contact with God. He is still there, but perhaps we are not as close as we once were. We would say we love God, of course. But our relationship with him is chilly. That is exactly what John was saying to the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2.
What causes us to grow cold in our love for Jesus?
- We quit talking with Him.The key to the Christian life is spending time with God every day. Sharing our life with Him results in Him giving us life to the fullest which brings a zest to our lives.
- We become spiritually distracted. The busyness of our lives distracts us from the eternal God. We let the small things overcrowd the important things in our lives.
- We burn out, rust out, or give out.You and I have felt discouraged or all alone thinking no one cares…why should we? These are symptoms of trying to do things on our own. Drinking from the well that is the “Spring of Life” will refresh us.
How can we rekindle our love for Christ?
- “Seek first His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).Pray right now and every day for God to forgive your coolness toward Him and rejoice in Him. Praise Him!
- Ask God to “restore unto me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).Remember what it was like when you first got saved. Remember the freedom, the sense of relief, the love you felt. Salvation is more than a feeling, it is a fact and that brings joy!
- Serve someone. In Matthew 25 we find God calling us to serve the hungry, the stranger, the sick, and imprisoned. When we serve others, our focus shifts from ourselves to someone else. God honors that.
The church of Ephesus in Revelation 2 was a powerful group who worked hard, endured persecution and sought pure doctrine. Their focus, however, shifted from loving Jesus simply and purely. What about you? Are you caught up in doing work for God instead of doing God’s work? Is being with other believers a drudgery or a joy? Do your actions flow from your love for Jesus or do you serve Him out of habit and just going through the motions?
Jesus loves you. Tell Him right now that you love Him too.