Remember and Return
“Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days.” - A.W. Tozer
I checked my pockets, looked in the usual hiding places, and asked Cay (a good woman who can find) for help locating my missing credit card.
I checked online and saw no unusual activity. But there was a charge earlier in the day at our local grocery store. Remembering the transaction, I returned to the store and retraced my steps. Eventually I backtracked to Customer Service and a representative produced the missing card.
What a relief!
Remembering and returning produced the result I needed. Remembering and returning are the two strategies the Apostle John used to remind the Ephesians how to reestablish their relationship with God when it went missing. John records, “You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” (Revelation 2:4b-5a)
The Ephesians were doing many things well, but they had lost (forsaken) their first love. Work, family, friends, ministry – probably some good thing – had displaced the primacy of their love for Christ. It happens to all of us and the solution remains the same.
Remember who God is and what he has done. Then return and recommit to Him in fresh and deeper ways.
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc