A CALL TO THE PLACE OF THE FIRST LOVE

Jan 4, 2023

Many of us become distracted many times in this journey of faith and draw our attention away from what matters to the benefits and blessings we enter into.

As a result, we lose focus from the center of life (Jesus) and the fire that once burned within our souls and we become driven by activities, duty, and a mere sense of responsibility.

Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have [this] against you, that you have left your first love.”

This was a church that was doing well according to standards but it had dropped from the first love (fire, passion) that once drove them along the way and they were now moved by duty.

As we continue to seek the Lord in these twenty-one days, the Lord is calling us to rediscover and get back to the place of our first love with the Master where Jesus was our everything and we were not moved and touched by titles, positions, wealth, etc. but Him.

Luke 19:2-4 “Now behold, [there was] a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.”

Zacchaeus was a very wealthy man but when he heard that Jesus was coming, he shut down everything. This means that there was something about Jesus that meant more to him than what he was doing.

Have you arrived at that place in your walk with God where Jesus means more than what you are doing that you can shut everything down just to ensure you can have a glimpse of Him? That is what it means to PRAY and FAST.

When you are hungry and thirsty, you do not care about titles or what men will say but there is something that drives you and disregards their opinions. That is how Zacchaeus was; he positioned himself very well to make sure that Jesus does not bypass him (Luke 19:3-4).

Luke 19:5 “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.””

I do not know which tree you need to climb in these twenty-one days but there is a position you can occupy in the Spirit to encounter Jesus and you will hear His voice calling your name.

You must position and prepare yourself to be able to encounter Jesus. That is why I encourage you to come out of your office (daily routine) during these twenty-one days and position yourself as Zacchaeus did (Luke 19:9).

Be determined and intentional that Jesus will call your name one of these days and He will come and dine with you and He will never leave your life the same.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.