It’s All About The Relationship

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By Wes Mason

“To the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Ephesus write: These are the words of Him Who holds the seven stars [which are the messengers of the seven churches] in His right hand, Who goes about among the seven golden lampstands [which are the seven churches]:
I know your industry and activities, laborious toil and trouble, and your patient endurance, and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraised those who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and have found them to be impostors and liars. I know you are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name’s sake, and you have not fainted or become exhausted or grown weary. But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent. Yet you have this [in your favor and to your credit]: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans [what they are doing as corrupters of the people], which I Myself also detest. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” ~ Revelation 2:1-7 AMP

Several years ago a bother in Christ who I deeply admire and respect, Rick Belski, shared the sentiment that is the title of today’s message. We were in a bible study when he shared this insight, it really resonated with me then and even more so today.

Our entire witness for Christ is reflected in the intensity of our relationship with him. How much time do I spend in prayer? How much in personal and group bible study and devotions? How often do I express my thanksgiving and praise for all that he has done for me? How much time do I spend setting at his feet learning from the master and being transformed into his image? How often do I gather together with saints to worship him and fellowship in his love for us?

ALL ministry flows from the relationship we have with Christ Jesus. If you want power and wisdom when you serve, spend time with him above all else. Let him shape you more and more into his image. This will impact your marriage, child raising and all the other relationships you have in your life.

Our world is filled with distractions. Work, hobbies, sports, TV, smart phones, internet, how much time do I devote to each of these verses spending time with Jesus? When was the last time I simple feel down prostrate before him and worshiped him as King of King and Lord of Lords?

This simple worship song by Steven Carey says is all for me.

Sitting at His feet
Sitting at His feet
That is where my life’s complete
Sitting at His feet

Sitting at His feet
Sitting at His feet
That is where my life is complete
Sitting at His

Let us return to our first love!

May the Lord bless all of us with a heart that yearns for his presence in our lives and may the things of this world grow ever dimmer in the light of light glory and grace.

Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email: wesmason56@hotmail.com

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