I love the church family I am a part of. We are passionate about building the Kingdom of God with Jesus. We love His prophetic revelation. We diligently press in to see the miraculous – the healings and signs and wonders that Jesus promised His Church. We have a great desire to see those who do not yet know Jesus come to Him. We want to see our city, state, and nation transformed into the holy habitation of the Lord.
But more than loving the Kingdom, we love the King. Jesus is first; in fact, He is all. Without Him being all-in-all, there is no purpose in establishing the Kingdom. The manifestations of God’s power and presence are wonderful, but they are just outward signs of what is most important – Jesus. And if we focus on what God does more than Who He is, it is easy to get off in weird places.
Human beings are prone to getting caught up in side issues, and even God’s people fall into that trap. We tend to focus on the how-to of where we are going and sometimes lose track of the destination. The destination is Jesus. The Ephesian Church in Revelation 2:2-4 were doing all the right things. They were laboring for souls, living holy lives, advancing God’s Kingdom. But somewhere along the line they got caught up in “doing the stuff” for Him and shifted their love from Jesus to the stuff they were doing. The Lord had to tell them to repent; they had left their first love – Jesus.
The Lord has been speaking to me about His desire to bring His Church back into focusing on Himself. One of the Scriptures that keeps running through my mind is 1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you, except for Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” It’s got to be all about Him and His complete triumph at the cross, or it isn’t worth a straw.
Wherever and whoever you are, put Jesus before everything else. If you have inadvertently gotten your focus onto anything other than Him, come on back into having Him central. “Your Kingdom come; Your will be done” – yes! But remember that the King is the whole reason for the Kingdom. Be consumed with Him above everything else.