One of the challenges I am facing as 2021 begins is to stay fresh, enthusiastic and motivated in my Christian life. I am only too aware of how easy it is to drop into the groove of just going through the motions of being a Christian and doing what is expected. I have been committed to Christ for 46 years and am aware of how easy it is to just drift along.
In the book of Revelation this very accusation was made by the Lord to the church in Ephesus. Thankfully He does not leave them hanging but supplies a clear path to return to the Lord and to recapture their first love.
Rev 2:4-5 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 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.
Note the steps to recapturing the zeal of your first love for the Lord:
a. Remember what it was once like. As you reflect on those early days when you first came to Christ you will want to return and recapture that early zeal. Remembering will stimulate a desire to return.
b. Repent. That is to say, “sorry” for drifting and allowing good and godly disciplines to take 2nd place. Repentance is vital for a meaningful return to God’s ways. Acts 3:18
c. Do the things you used to do. In other words, go back to the spiritual disciplines of reading God’s word, reflecting on His promises, praying about everything and spending time in quiet reflection and meditation on God’s amazing grace and His willingness to include you in His plan of salvation. Do not settle for a cool, comfortable, minimal Christian life.
Let us be the best we can be – full on and wholehearted!
Matt 22:37 Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.