Remember Your First Love

I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. ~ Revelation 2:2-5

Jesus is speaking to the church in Ephesus. He said, “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” What He is actually saying is, “You have lost your passion for me. You no longer have the fire shut up in your bones.”

They had the actions, but not the passion.

Remember when you first got married? You couldn’t wait to see your spouse. To be with him/her. To talk with them and to hold their hand. Sometimes that’s all you could talk about at work or think about. That was passion.

Now the flames don’t burn as hot; you’re now ok with working late. You don’t sit and talk for hours anymore like you did at first because you didn’t want to go to sleep because it was time taken away that could be spent with the love of your life. It’s your first love; there was passion.

This is how we are with Jesus now, but that’s not how it ought to be. Jesus is our betrothed. We’re supposed to love Him, yearn for Him, seek Him, speak with Him. We’re supposed to be head over heels in love with our bridegroom, who is on His way to bring us to Himself so that we might be with Him forever.

LORD God, please help us to remember our first love. Help us to not seek out the darkness but seek out the light in the darkness. Ignite a passion within our bones once again that we might seek Your face and Your presence. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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