PASTORS PARAGRAPH – 8/5/13
Yesterday we exness began a seven week sermon series focusing on Revelations “Address to the Seven Churches”. The first church Jesus addressed was the church of Ephesus. In many ways the Ephesian church was admirable. Jesus commends them for the hard work, their devotion, and their spiritual wisdom. This was a church that was doing so many things right, and yet Jesus had one criticism that outweighed all the good they were doing . . . He told them that they had lost their first love.
When it comes to the spiritual life, it’s easy to fall into the trap of simply “going through the motions”. When that happens “worship” is replaced with “going to church”; ministry becomes a “responsibility” instead of a “privilege”; rather exness review than serving as a way of demonstrating love for God, our service is driven by the belief that “if we don’t do it no one else will”. We’re doing all the things we use to do, but we’re doing them for the wrong reason. Just like the Ephesians, we’ve lost our first love.
It’s an easy trap to fall into, but there’s hope. Hope begins by recognizing that the Christian life is a exness registration relationship and not a religion . . . and like all relationships, our heart matters. So rather than listing all of the things you’re doing for Christ, take a moment to ask yourself why you do the things you do? To earn God’s favor, to earn man’s approval, or to show God that you really do love Him?