Because of yesterday’s post, I thought this excerpt from The Journal would be perfect to share with you today. Enjoy!
…Julia reflects on her mom’s statement that Julia had lost Jesus as her first love during her time at college. Julia’s mom is referring to a message that Jesus sent to one of His churches:
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first…” Revelation 2:2-5a (NLT)
Notice that this church was actually doing a lot of things right! Yet what was most important to Jesus? That they truly loved Him and each other.
But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Revelation 2:4 (AMP)
When we love the Lord with all our heart, we try our best to imitate Him, to do what we know He would do. While our actions are important to Him, what does Jesus want the most from us? According to Revelation 2:4, He wants our love! Jesus apparently feels dishonored in His relationship with us when we go through the motions without lovingly connecting with Him.
Many times we only consider how much we need the Lord and His great love for us. Can you see now how important your love is to Him? Doesn’t that make you feel incredibly treasured and special? Jesus genuinely wants to be your first love in life. It means something very precious to Him!
Think about whether Jesus is your first love right now. Like Julia, He’sprobably one of your loves, but exactly which one? First, second, last?
Journal to the Lord about these verses in Revelation. Choose to put your relationship with Christ first in your heart. You will find that as you focus on getting to know God better, making good choices will become much easier. After all, when Jesus is truly your Lord, your life can’t help but show it!