There’s a shift that is beginning to take place within the hearts of God’s people. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word ‘shift’ in this manner:
a. to exchange for or replace by another
b. to change the place, position, or direction of
c. to go through a change
On October 17th, 2017 I believe I heard the Lord whisper the following words to my spirit. He said, “There’s a shift coming to the body of Christ from ‘God loves me’ to ‘I love God.’”
While praying this morning, I couldn’t shake the thought that this shift is upon us and that it has begun. For quite a few weeks now I’ve felt myself longing, desiring, and wanting to love God more. It’s difficult to explain the emotions that I’ve been feeling as of late that are tied to this very idea. They’re personal, like those between a husband and his wife. They contain a cry of heart, a strong pull to want to be more in love with the One who loves me. It’s the ache for a greater depth of relationship.
In fact, just the other day, I penned these words: “Revival happens when Jesus is the
heart’s desire” and “I’m not trying to have more faith. I’m trying to have more relationship.” When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment within the Law was, He replied with the following answer: “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND” (Matthew 22:37). Rolland Baker, co-founder of Iris Ministries, recently said that the number one reason why you and I exist is to make God feel like the most loved person that’s ever existed… and I agree with him.
I’m overwhelmed with the thought that God wants me to love Him. Why? Because it’s my pleasure to do it. I’m at my best, I’m in my sweet spot when I’m living out the reason for which I was created. Out of this love for God comes my obedience to Him, my desire to obey His commands, and a sincere longing to know and walk in His ways. You will always desire to please the one you love.
Please keep in mind, however, that this love for God that is going to rise up within His children is not going to be a love that’s simply found on the lips. Rather, it’ll be evidenced in deeds and actions (see 1 John 3:18) and obedience to His commands (see John 14:23).
Indeed, there’s a purging that’s taking place in the hearts of God’s people. Hearts are turning. Hearts are returning. Love for anything and everything else is being repented of. Jesus is becoming the desire of His people and my heart longs to see what it is that will happen when Jesus - not our ministries, not our names, not our comforts, nor anything else - becomes the church’s sole desire. Why? Because He comes when the heart of His people is fully turned, fully devoted to Him.
Pastor Brian Connolly