Andrew Harmon



An Attitude of Chasing God's Heart

By Eric A. Lambert, Jr.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with -all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)

LOVING GOD-chasing after His heart-is the most personal of all the attitudes that lead to victorious living. It is the key to all of life. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, it is interesting that He spoke of a relationship rather than an action.

We have become successful in
church work, but we have
strayed far from Him. This is
a frightening situation, and
we need to address it
right now.

Unfortunately, our society fights against relationships. We live in a world where what we do is far greater than what we are. Under this kind of pressure to perform, our relationships, especially our relationship with God, will always suffer. Even pastors find themselves under the influence of our performance-based culture. We have seen many ministers develop a certain popularity, so they hit the speaking/preaching circuit with zeal, only to "crash and burn" after a few years.

My pastor used to say that it was more important for the Lord to do something in us than to do something through us. That statement speaks of our relationship with Him. I am convinced that we need to return to the heart of God. We have become successful in church work, but we have strayed far from Him. This is a frightening situation, and we need to address it right now. I think the best verse that speaks to this issue is found in the book of Revelation.

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 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 repent. (Rev. 2:1-5)

The church of Ephesus had great beginnings. We read the conversion and Spirit-filling of this great church in the book of Acts. We read of Paul's teachings to this growing church in the book of Ephesians. We now see the Lord's admonishment as they have become caught up in the work of the Lord while ignoring the Lord Himself. What a shame to have the Lord tell you, "You are busy for Me, yet you do not love Me"!



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