Revelation 2:2-5 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil… Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
To engage means to occupy, attract, or to involve someone’s interest or attention. To re-engage implies initial engagement that diminished and needs to be re-established. There are many things that can cause disengagement: sin, distraction, deception, offense, or good old-fashioned selfishness and indifference.
What Jesus is saying to the church in Ephesus, is that they are doing a great deal for the kingdom but doing it without the King. A classic Martha vs. Mary scenario.
We must not be so focused on doing that we disconnect from the source of our power and strength. Like a marriage devoid of passion due to a lack of intimacy and trust, we must not allow ourselves to ignore intimacy with the Holy Spirit. He is our Lord, Savior, and Lover of our souls. He is to be our passion, not just our roommate. We must re-engage with Him – to sit at His feet, to know His heart and mind. I don’t want to just be obedient, I want to be in love!
Jesus, I love You. I ask forgiveness for my selfishness and for being “too busy” to sit at Your feet. Forgive my presumptuous attitude and have mercy on me, my family, and my church. Help me to fall in love with You again – to put in the time and effort in drawing nearer to You. I need You and want to see your kingdom to come and will to be done in my life and world. Fan into flame a passion in my heart for You. Let me not be led by my emotions but choose You in every aspect of my day. Amen!