Go and shout this message to Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says: “I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness. Jeremiah 2:2 NLT
Every born again believer is expected to mature spiritually, displaying godliness at each stage of the growth process, always aware, as 2 Peter 1 points out, that God has supplied us with all we need for life and godliness. You see, maturity is not an overnight thing. It is a process.
The maturing believer receives revelations of the mysteries of the Kingdom, as God reveals hidden secrets to him. He experiences the joy of serving his/her King, thrilled each time God speaks with him/her. It is a love affair.
Unfortunately, some believers have become bored with the relationship and have stopped growing in their faith, becoming dull or sluggish in their hearing.
Hebrews 5:11 states: Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even [f]slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. The AMP version of this scripture states, they have becoming “disinclined to listen”. They have also become “inactive in their quest for spiritual understanding”. In other words, they are no longer interested in what God has to say to them.
This is not a matter of the ears but a matter of the heart. They fell out of love with Jesus.
In Revelations 2:4 AMP Jesus admonished the church at Ephesus saying, “But I have this [charge] against you, that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me]”.
They were doing and saying the right things, even being committed to the truth of God’s word, but it no longer gave them joy, and Jesus received no joy from them, and He missed those moments with His companion. Jeremiah 2:32 God laments:
Does a young woman forget her jewelry, or a bride her wedding dress? Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.
God has not forgotten us. Even though our hearts no longer chase after His, He desires to renew the vows.
In Revelations 2:5 Jesus instructed these passionless believers of the church of Ephesus to remember how far they had fallen. They should repent and renew the relationship they once had with Him. Thirty years before, Paul spoke highly of the love of these people. See Ephesians 1:15-16. Now, like those in Hebrews 5:11, the believers in the church of Ephesus were like people in a loveless, passionless marriage, lacking any desire to hear from their God.
There is a song that says, “Take me back dear Lord, to the place where I first received You”.
Remember. Remember where He took you from, and where you could have been (words of another song I believe). Remember the intimate moments spent with the Lord and the revelations He gave you. He chose you out of all the peoples of the earth to be His special treasure. (John 15:16, Deu 7:6); He sings over you: Zephaniah 3: 17
For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Don’t be afraid to ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of what you may have forgotten.
Repent. If there was sin that may have contributed to this place of apathy, confess these sins and repent of them. Seek forgiveness for treating Him with such indifference, asking God to renew a right Spirit within you. Then commit to serving Him, spending time with Him, worshipping Him, getting to know Him again through His word, and then……. do it!
We do not want to become spiritually dull, so we need to spend time with Jesus daily chasing after Him. He said, “You will seek after me, and find me when you seek after me with all your heart”. Matthew 5 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”. As you seek Him, May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2NLT
*Prayer*: Father please forgive me for not loving You enough, and for walking in spiritual indifference to You and Your word. Please create in me a clean heart and renew your righteous Spirit within me. Thank You for Your grace and Your mercies, as I recommit to worshipping You in spirit and in truth. Amen