The Lord makes abundantly clear in the Bible we are to love and serve Him with all our hearts, but there is a grave danger in serving God that I know well from personal experience and believe countless others have already fallen prey to or may be tempted to fall into in the future. So please consider this a very strong warning.
There can come a time in our journey following the Lord in which we end up focusing very much on serving the Lord but forget the most important of all is loving God.
We can find ourselves serving Him without loving Him.
Without having an intimate relationship with Him. Without spending time alone with Him daily. Without praising and worshiping Him not just in a church service but when we are by ourselves with Him. Without praising and worshiping Him from the heart and not simply as an obligation to place on and check off on our to-do list. Without praying to Him and seeking Him and fasting as He leads us and crying out to Him with all our hearts.
Without experiencing and enjoying His presence. Without listening for the voice of His Holy Spirit who indwells His followers speaking to our hearts. Without living in obedience to Him. Without worshiping Him in our very lifestyle. Without pouring out our hearts to Him.
Without adoring Him not with mediocrity but with total abandon. Without hungering and thirsting for Him and for more and more of Him. Without yearning to draw ever closer to Him.
Without sitting at His feet and learning from Him. Without leaning our heads on His chest like John the beloved did and experiencing the magnificence and wondrousness of His nearness. Without longing for His closeness. Without worshiping Him “in spirit and in truth”.
Serving the Lord in whatever ways He calls and leads each of us to serve Him is fundamental and vital to the life of a Jesus follower. But there can come a time when we are so devoted to serving Him and may so enjoy serving Him and/or so believe we are supposed to serve Him that we end up serving Him in a fleshly striving religious traditions sometimes even self-seeking kind of way. Whereby knowingly or unknowingly we throw intimacy with Jesus to the wayside and tragically leave behind the one who is to be our first love. The Lord Jesus Christ. Then it is we have neglected and even outright forsaken Jesus Himself. How then can our serving God have any significance at all when it is empty of true love for the one who is to be our first love?
Please don’t fall prey to this danger. And, if you already have, return to your first love. May the Lord always be #1 in your heart and life and in your service to Him. And may your service to Him be the abundant ripe beautiful God-glorifying fruit of intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ. Please hear what Jesus Himself had to say:
“”To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:1-5 NKJV
And please read on.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” John 4:23-24 NKJV
Please abide (trust, rest, hope, put your expectation, commune with, obey etc.) in the Lord. And, in your love for Him, as you abide in Him, bear much fruit for Him! May the Lord be glorified, AMEN!
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:8 NKJV