Hey NewLife Family,
I was driving recently and was using a map app on my phone to help me navigate. At one point I zoomed in on my phone to see something specific and there was a place to tap to re-center the map. Being a pastor and knowing that everything can be used as an illustration, it made me think about our conversation as a church about repenting from having forsaken our first love, the Lord Jesus. He specifically calls out the Ephesian church for their having done this and tells them to repent and to do the things they did at first. In my map story , He was telling them and us to re-center. This past Sunday, we brainstormed the things that we did when we first met Jesus. Some of the things that were mentioned on that list that we made are: being in awe of Him, talking to Him all the time, being honest with Him, wanting to spend lots of time with Him, being hungry for learning about Him through His word and hearing what He has to say, and sharing Him freely with others. Sometimes these are the things that Christians look back and remember with a hint of nostalgia as they recall what they did at first when they met Jesus. But the thing is, as we can see in Rev. 2:5, these are the things He wants us to do now! As we do these things, we’ll find that we are leading our heart back to Him. He doesn’t tell us to wait for the ideal situation, the recommended book, the best podcast. He tells us to do those things we did at first! Even in all of this, we can’t do this without Jesus. He reminds us of that in John 15:5, “If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (NIV)
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s repent and be about these things. It’s time to re-center!