At church our interim pastor shared from the letter to the church at Ephesus:
“…I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.“
My heart is heavy yet hopeful, knowing God will have His way with or without us. I can’t truly say what I’m feeling today is of me, because I too need God to change me tremendously, and think I could actually be feeling God’s own grief over us as a church! (I’m personally asking God to give me His heart and passion, and to continually show me my part in His purposes.)
This fall I had a vision in which I saw God “touchdown” on our church (not really sure how to describe it), and something like two “shockwaves” rushed out from it. One wave went out around the church itself, and the second went out through our city.
I feel God has said this is what He wants—to touch others in our city through His Church, but that this won’t be unless we humble ourselves and repent, fervently praying and seeking His face. This feels imminent!
If it doesn’t come I feel God is saying to us in even His indescribable grace and mercy:
“I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.”