“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
We are dominantly, a task and achievement oriented culture. The more we accomplish the more valuable we feel and the better we are viewed by others. The problem is, relationships are not tasks to accomplish, especially our relationship with God.
Take some time today and reflect on the heart of God, his desire to relate to you. His desire that you would first and foremost spend time with Him and pour out your heart to Him. Jesus called it abiding in John 15.
Do you believe that God delights in you regardless of what you accomplish?
Confess where you have put tasks before love and abiding. Ask Him to help you to slow down, to believe that you are loved for who you are as His child. Pray that as a church we would be known first as a people who love God and enjoy our relationship with Him and that all the things we do are fueled by that relationship.
Feel free to comment below about how God is meeting you in your prayer time