Week 24 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Revelation 2: (writing to the Church in Ephesus)… 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent
There are a couple of ways to interpret this passage. Perhaps the most damning of all would be to examine it from the standpoint of the question; “What might Jesus expect of me?” Do you recall the first blush of love for Jesus, you know what I mean. That moment where you realized the hope and possibilities of the life of the forgiven and redeemed. Those early days when you just had to tell somebody about thie wonderful Savior you had come to know.
There is nothing sadder to me than Christians without any passion to worship. To sing, to shout, to dance for joy in the presence of the Lord. But you say to me; “I didn’t grow up that way, I was taught to be reserved, never to make a spectacle of myself. Consider if you will the situation that King David found himself in when the Ark of the Covenant was finally returned to Jerusalem in a way that God approved. II Samuel 6: 13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
Perhaps deprivation, rebelliousness the natural contrariness of sinful man is the spark that ignites passionate worship. Under persecution we know historically that the Church grows, and its sense of mission is deepened. Could it be in these days we may be poised for another great outpouring of the Holy Spirit