Do you ever get that feeling that you’re just going through the motions? Who doesn’t feel like that sometimes? You’re taking part in an activity or job or even a relationship which you have been passionate about, but right now you just move from day to day doing the same thing over and over out of some sense that it’s the right thing to be doing. Or you simply don’t know anything else anymore.
Things get like that sometimes. It’s natural and doesn’t mean that you need to end the thing you’ve been doing. How many relationships or marriages have ended because the stuck in a rut feeling has been mistaken for not loving someone anymore, rather than an obstacle to be overcome together?
It’s exactly what the Christian life is like as well, as the Church in Ephesus were experiencing when they received the letter containing what we now call Revelation. I’ve heard many prominent preachers and speakers talk about going through a time where they’ve forgotten why they do what they do, of feeling that their prayers are going no further than the ceiling. I experience it sometimes as well, it’s impossible not to.
The fact is that we all have so much going on in our lives that it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important, that love which we felt right at the start. Not that fluffy feeling of new love, but that passion of discovery of something truly amazing and life changing,
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin” (1 John 3:1-5 NIVUK)
That love for the and of the one who actually died in order to set us free from all of the sins and conventions of the world. When we go back to rediscovering that love, looking for the reason, the spark that is still within us somewhere, we can get back to doing what we do for the right reasons. No longer a cold, mechanical worship and life, but one filled with love and hope.