I think it’s a good idea to stop what we’re doing every now and then and take stock, once again, of our faith. It’s so easy, in the craziness of our lives, to put our heads down into the work, our noses to the grindstone, and not look up for so long that we don’t even realize that maybe we’ve left our first Love behind. At some point the work itself has become the objective instead of relationship with Christ. But without the love of Christ everything becomes rote, legalistic, meaningless and directionless.
The back streets of religious tangents are endless: our work, our service, our relationships, bible studies, even our own personal devotion time and prayer can become dry and monotonous without the spring of life that can only well up from the perfect love that flows from a close and intimate relationship with the Lord.
All these outward works can be done in the flesh and for a long time they won’t look any different than doing them in God’s strength. But as time goes on the inner life of a partnership with Christ, or lack of it, will be apparent as you begin to wear out and your works show less than abundantly fruitful.
Those outward things are not what our faith consists of; they are what flows from our faith in Jesus Christ. If in taking stock you realize that your faith has drifted away from the Lover of your soul and onto anything else instead, sit with the Lord and redirect your faith back onto Him. Let all else fall behind your Lord and seek Him and Him only. Fall in love with your Heavenly Father again. Give Him your whole heart and make Him the main thing once more.
“'Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" (Matthew 22:36-37)