Not sure if i have shared this here ...
In a city not too far from you , a wedding ceremony took place. It wasn’t just any kind of wedding ceremony but the most beautiful and most expensive wedding ever to be recorded. The groom (named Chidi) had spared no expense to make this the best day for his true love (named Ebere). Everything from the food to the decorations and even the party favors were undeniably exquisite.
With tears in her eyes, Ebere walked down the aisle as she looked into the eyes of the man she loved with all her heart. It was a love so pure and so true and each step she took towards him felt like she was walking on soft clouds gliding across the hall.
The priest read out the vows and Ebere couldn’t stop staring at the dashingly handsome man who would in a few seconds be her husband. She felt a surge of different emotions go through her, both happy and sad, because she felt extremely blessed to have received this kind of love and wondered what she had ever done to be so blessed.
Right there and then she decided to the best wife ever to Chidi so he could see how much she loved him.
On the wedding night, Chidi lay beside his beautiful wife and as he gently started running his hands through her hair, she smiled and said "I will make everything perfect for you, I promise"
And he started to say "you being here with me is perfection" but she had already gotten up and started arranging their holiday schedule, dusting the place and sorting out their meals.
Many years and 3 kids later, Ebere was highly sought after as a marriage counsellor as all the wives wanted to be like her and all the men wanted to be married to her. She was the proverbs31 woman in flesh!
Ebere worked tirelessly round the clock to make sure everything was perfect for her husband , her job and her counselling classes but didn’t see that there were cracks beginning to develop in her marriage as a result of the lack of intimacy!
Today I want to remind you of your first call to God which is to love God with all your heart, strength, might and soul. We often get ahead of ourselves when we assume that we need to prove our love to God .
Gods love for us is unconditional and does not increase or decrease based on your scale on the behavior board.
He loved you enough to die on the cross for you long before you told your first lie, or stole your first cookie. His love is not to compel you to pay him back with service or works but that we may appreciate love and love in return.
As Christians, we are passionate about serving and indeed serve we must because even Christ Himself said "the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few", so we know we must go all out to spread the gospel of good news but the key here is never to get so caught up with serving that you forget to get intimate with God.
We enjoy the rush we get when we are occupied and busy "doing" Gods work, and this head rush keeps us from listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit in us.
As I look back to life in the garden of Eden, I notice that God made everything beautiful for Adam and Eve and came to spend cool evenings with them. If God made man primarily to serve, he would have created him in a farmers hat and sitting on a tractor, but God placed man in an already furnished garden and said, "lets spend time together!"
Service comes from a place of love and should not be seen as a refund for love.
Relax dear friends in Gods love.
You are getting better everyday.