I have had the immense privilege this week of both teaching and being taught as part of the NGI (Next Generation Impartation) Central Week that we have hosted at Wallingford. In doing so I have spent time with young people who are fresh to ministry along with seasoned pastors and teachers who are saturated in God’s word.
With that in mind, I want to share with you a few words recorded in the book of Revelation. As a political prisoner on the Island of Patmos, John had a vision. In this vision an angel spoke and instructed him to write the following to the church in Ephesus. God says; ‘But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!’ (Rev 2:4) Isn’t that a challenge to each and every one of us?
Now, I am a firm believer that we should grow and mature in our understanding of God as revealed through his word. Yet, this knowledge should not in any way replace our initial energy or enthusiasm about God. Rather, this knowledge should simply add fuel to the fire. Over the years I have come to believe that our appreciation, experience and delight in him would grow in accordance with our understanding and knowledge about him.