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Deeds vs. Relationship

Many believers push hard to accomplish good things for Christ. They could rightfully claim hard work and perseverance as their strengths. They could get credit for refusing to tolerate evil. They could receive commendation for enduring hardships without quitting or even growing weary.

If that describes you, you are to be applauded. Jesus is pleased with you.

I can say that on the authority of God’s Word, for the Lord Jesus, through his Spirit, commended the church at Ephesus for these very things (Revelation 2:1–3).

But you know where I’m going with this discussion because you know what Jesus added to his words of approval: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Revelation 2:4–5).

He says (if I may paraphrase liberally and aim it your direction) that he misses the times he used to have with you, sitting as if in a field of thick grass and wildflowers, pulling long-stemmed weeds and chewing on the soft core, looking into the distance, and enjoying your company.

He appreciates your work. But he misses you.

Excerpted from Imagine Meeting Him by Robert Rasmussen


Daily Reflection:
What in your life do you need to change to make relationship with Jesus your primary focus?

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