First Love Reignited

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
— Revelation 2:4

That "first love" connection is powerful.

You want to spend all your waking moments with that person, getting to know him or her better. What they desire out of life. Their dreams, their fears. You long to spend time with them whether it is doing something exciting or just sitting in silence. Being together is enough. 

God gave John a "Revelation" for the churches in this powerful book. Chapter 2 begins with words to the church at Ephesus. The church at Ephesus had labored diligently and patiently according to verses 2 and 3. Yet, God says I have something against thee, "Thou has left thy first love."

We can labor diligently and patiently in our relationships and even in God's work, but do it out of obligation or even worse tradition rather than love. 

We can lose sight of the main purpose of our salvation. What is that purpose?

It is the restored relationship with God.

We were created from the beginning to be in a close relationship with our Creator and that is what the enemy always attacks...our relationship. It all comes down to him wanting to break the bond, that first love experience, with Our God and Our Redeemer. 

The reason we lose our "first love" adoration with a human partner and with our Heavenly Partner is because we cease to work on the relationship like we did in the beginning. In the beginning it didn't feel like work. We were naturally curious asking questions and seeking to serve and learn more of the one we loved. 

The good news is we can become curious again. We can search for what is under the surface and stop thinking that we already know it all. We can communicate and spend time like we did in the beginning. We can go deeper and rekindle the spark. 

God is calling us to renew our love for Him. Let us look back and see how far we have come, all that He has done for us, and all He has yet to share with us and teach us.

Throughout eternity we can forever learn more of our God for He is vast. The Creator of the Universe wants to spend time with us and what a privilege! 

 "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Psalm 8:3,4


To Ponder:

Have I lost my first love experience with Christ? How may I rekindle it?

Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. 


Prayer:

Lord, 

   Rekindle within me the love I once had for You when I first truly understood how much You love me and all You gave for me. I know that I must work to keep that spark alive by continually spending time with You and always learning more and more of You. I inlcine my heart to You Lord.

I commit to falling in love with My Savoir and Redeemer time and time again for Your love is never ceasing. Forgive my lukewarmness. I will exhalt You Lord for You rescued me. May I never forget. May I always read Your Word like I am discovering You for the first time. Reveal Your heart to me anew. 

Amen