abandoned love

Pastors Kimon and Bridgette CrinerPastoring a church is an interesting vocation, to say the least. One of the hardest things we do is counsel people who are hurting – and it’s hard for a variety of reasons.

Heartbreak abounds. One of the frequent heartbreaks we minister to is an abandoned spouse. In this situation, the person is still married, but their spouse has quit participating, so to speak. The non-participant enjoyed the pursuit and conquest of winning someone’s love, but once they captured their heart the game was over for them.

The heartbreak in this is that a marriage isn’t a game. It’s supposed to be a growing journey of discovery – where the joy of learning about each other was why you got married. The thought of intimacy with this special person was exciting and on your mind all the time. You planned your time around seeing them again.

Have You Abandoned Your First Love?
“But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you deserted Me, your first love],” (Revelations 2:4).

Isn’t it funny how we never put our relationships with the Lord in the same category? We treat the Lord Jesus himself like He should be happy with our leftovers of time, money and love.

“I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; so you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!” (Revelations 3:15-16).

Our relationship with the Lord is a progressive work. One in which we learn and experience:

“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [awhich it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]. That if possible I may attain to the [aspiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body],” (Philippians 3:10-11).

It is the will of God that we become determined to know Him more deeply and to keep our relationship with Him hot and on our hearts. Jesus wants you hot for Him – meaning, really on fire and thinking about Him all the time.

Are you on fire for the Lord, or is church an imposition? Are Bible-time and prayer non-existent in your life? Only you know, so let this be food for thought.

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