When we fall in love, we drop our whole life for the person we are now in love with. We stop playing video games and stay up on the phone all night long. You both aren’t even talking on the phone, it’s just nice to have you on the line so that you’re not alone.
Remember that time he wanted to watch an action movie and you only said yes to watching that movie because you were so in love? Otherwise, you would have chosen that one movie with Zac Efron.
See, at the beginning of a new relationship we give up a lot for the person you love. You also are so excited about the relationship you don’t shut up about it.
That includes when a man becomes a father for the first time. He’ll tell everyone about his new baby girl even if people have watched all the videos and heard the stories about his new daughter already. You just can’t help yourself!
In other words, you become devoted to this new relationship. Remember how in love you were when you met Jesus? You wanted to tell everyone about Him. At least I did. But, as time passes- your new relationship with Jesus can become complacent.
Losing the love we have for Jesus happens when we lose our devotion to him. I’m not talking about the 5 minutes we take to read a devotional out of a book. I’m talking about an intimate relationship with God where he’s not just God anymore. Instead, he’s Daddy God.
I want to say that you don’t have to beat yourself up. We’re all human and we’ve all chosen music in the morning over a Christian Podcast but that’s what repentance is for.
It also doesn’t mean that you go crazy and completely quit your job, and leave your spouse so that you can only focus on Jesus. There’s a balance.
But we all make mistakes. I’m not perfect, and neither are you. I purposely choose to listen to thug music some days over Chris Tomlin’s latest track.
Thankfully we can ask for forgiveness.
Repentance is not some crazy, holy thing you need to do. It basically means that you change your mind and do the right thing instead of the wrong thing.
So how do we remember our first love, Jesus?
I think it’s simple and it means just talking to Him more. I really don’t believe that it’s about going to church more but I do believe it’s about keeping in the word as much as you can and talking to God whenever you can.
See, when you’re doing laundry and your mind is flowing with ideas tell Daddy God about them. When you’re in the shower or walking to work from your car, talk to Daddy God.
Cry to Him, whine to Him, and even complain to Him. Even if you feel foolish or that it’s pointless it is not. God hears you, your heart, and your mind. He knows what you need and He loves you as you are. He just wants to keep a relationship with you so that He can guide you.
Talk to Daddy God all the time and you will see that He won’t just be God the Father or God the Almighty, but you will be calling him Daddy or Dad. Retrieve your closeness with your Father.
It may be awkward at first but eventually. you’ll end up being mad at God and telling Him that you are. This is real! Eventually, you’ll be confused and ask for wisdom in what path to take. It’s this reliance on God’s wisdom and comfort that He wants to provide and offer you daily.
It’s important to give up time for Daddy God but it’s not something that you have to kill yourself for.
What I mean is that the devil is always going to tell you that you never do enough for God, you don’t read the bible like your friend the avid Christan does, and he’ll even cause you of not reading the Bible enough. I mean he’s nicknamed the accuser for a reason.
Challenge yourself to bring back the excitement you had for Daddy God. Start with reading a scripture in the morning or listening to a worship song somewhere in your busy schedule. Give your first hour to Him.
Remind yourself that God provides you with everything that you do have. This will bring you to respect Him and lead you to engage more with God. Be thankful for what you have, and tell God that you are thankful for His provisions.
Your day will go so much smoother and your attitude will change because of the new schedule you set for yourself. Form a new habit for yourself. You need Daddy God in your life.
If you catch yourself slipping, repent. Change your mind and start again. Don’t beat yourself up.
This article was inspired by Carl Lentz.