Title: WHAT’S YOUR HEALTH STATUS, SPIRITUALLY?
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repentRevelations 2:2-5
After having been sick before, you will know the value of being healthy. It is right to say that, “Health is wealth”. If you notice, you’ll realize that most health challenges aren’t instant. They take their time. They start with gradual breaking down and other symptoms: loss of appetite, a desire to just be alone, moodiness, dull taste buds (food will not have taste), and sometimes even insensitivity too. These feelings can be precedents to serious infirmities that can have dire implications if not properly attended to.
Now, do you know that your spiritual health status works similarly too? Let me show you something. Our opening text talks about a Church body being commended for it’s good health and all that accompanies it. But, there was an inner deficiency the church probably didn’t know was creeping in: a loss of the first love. Although, these things can be treated and healed through repentance and return to the foundations of faith, yet we can maintain constant spiritual health “checkups” so as to notice them before they spring up in us.
When your sensitivity to prayer and to studying the word of God is dropping, this is a symptom of an inner breaking down. When fellowship with the saints no longer stirs desire within you, something is breaking down on the inside. It is a spiritual health deficiency to no longer have appetite for souls (their salvation) or the things of God/the Kingdom.
God beckons on you and me today to do a status check: Where am I spiritually? Do I have a better yesterday faith-wise? What are those things trying to divert me from my first love?
Father, we ask for a daily dose of your fresh fire to invade the altar of our hearts. Today, we say that in every place where we have forsaken our first love, restore us now. Revive us now. Reignite the fire we might have lost regarding our pursuit of you personally. This we ask, in Jesus mighty name, amen.
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