WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?
Revelation 2:1-7: “…you have let go of the love you had at first…”
Joel 2:12-13: “Return to the Lord your God for he is…ready to forgive.”
ONE OF THE FIRST churches of the New Testament to show signs of needing revival was Ephesus in Revelation 2. They had abandoned their first love: Jesus Christ. The essence of the Christian life is a passionate love for Jesus and others and it was missing in Ephesus. Jesus warned Ephesus if they didn’t return to their first love he would remove their church (lampstand) from his presence.
In his love for Ephesus, Jesus admonished them, “Remember the height from which they had fallen.” Jesus directs them to recall a time when they had a passionate love for the Lord and, in remembering, return to that love through repentance.
To repent means to do an immediate U-turn in one’s life; to set aside those things which have stolen your passionate love for God and others, and turn back to them in love.
The admonishment to repent is as much for the Northwest Church as it was for Ephesus. For, in repentance, we will find forgiveness. In forgiveness, we will rediscover our first love. And, knowing our first love we will have access to the heart of God. May the fruit of repentance over the next 40-Days in the Northwest Church be the knowing of God’s heart.
What is in my life that seems to pull me away from my passionate love for the Lord?
What are those things that characterized my life when I first loved the Lord?
What repentance is the Lord calling your family, congregation, or city to at this time?
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