By Ron Morrow
There is nothing quite like the feeling of being in love. When you’re together, time seems to stand still and the world around you fades into the background. When you’re apart, you feel as though a piece of you is missing and you count down the moments until you can be together again.
In the lead-up to John Maury’s sermon, Rebecca Alfred asked a question: “When did you first fall in love with Jesus?” I don’t know about you, but I struggled with that one. I attended Sunday School as a kid, raised my hand at a Billy Graham Crusade several years later to accept Jesus as my Saviour, and participated in church youth groups at various times during my teens and early twenties. However, I coasted for many years on the knowledge that Jesus loved me. I prayed, He forgave my sins and that was good enough for me.
Falling in love with Jesus was a long, slow process. Jesus patiently and lovingly watered the seeds that had remained hidden in the soil for many years. In time, they sprouted and began to produce fruit. One day I realized that Bible study and prayer were no longer something I struggled to make time for. They had become a natural extension of my love for Jesus.
In his sermon, John talked about the danger of losing our first love for Jesus. We are the church. We have been handed an amazing gift by those who started this church over a hundred years ago, and those who have faithfully cared for it ever since. It’s a gift that we will pass on to future generations. However, as John noted, the warning to the Church at Ephesus is for us as well. Unless we return to our first love, we won’t be around for long.
Here are a few questions that occurred to me. Please feel free to add your own. What are you doing to nourish your relationship with Jesus? In what ways do you allow Him to nourish His relationship with you? Who are the people within our congregation that you are watering? Who are the people that water you?
We are all in this together. We are the church. A church that, God willing, will remain here “until the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.”
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