Is it time for the Church to evaluate her walk with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Have we, somewhere along the way, lost sight of our first love?
I fear that the Church has lost sight of the importance of establishing, developing, and maintaining a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It seems that we are falling under legalism where we try to obtain a relationship through our works and service. Don’t get me wrong, we honor God when we do good works for Him, but not at the expense of sacrificing our relationship with Him. Or have we fallen under the realm of religion where we are trying to obtain our relationship through rituals and customs. In either of these cases, we lose because the true heart of the relationship is lost.
Jeremiah 2:13 says “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” The Hebrew definition for ‘forsaken’ means to leave, abandon, reject, desert. The people of Israel turned away from God to worship false idols; perhaps we are doing the same today. Has the Church rejected her God when we focus on the rituals of our worship verses just being in worship with Him? Or have we abandoned the true meaning of relationship with Him and placed emphasis on our performance for Him?
Where are we as the Church? Do we need to return to the Spring of Living Water and allow Him to refresh, replenish and satisfy our hearts?