First Love

“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.  Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”— Revelation 2:1-4 

All that good work, and Jesus has something against us? How can that be?

This Scripture spells out the Lord’s priorities. We can do it all, everything a Christian should do, but if we have lost that love relationship with the Lord, He holds it against us.

God once said to Israel, “I remember you, the love you had for Me when you followed me in the wilderness” (Jeremiah 2:2).

What the Lord has always desired is an intimate, love relationship with His people.

That hasn’t changed. 

The Christian life is meant to be one of falling in love with Jesus—because He first loved us.

But in this distracting, busy world, we lose that love. Jesus gave us the solution in the very next verse after today’s Scripture: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works...” (Revelation 2:5).

Take the time today to REMEMBER where you were before you committed your life to the Lord. 

Remember what He has done for you, how He rescued you and provided for you.  Remember the joy of discovering eternal life! Remember the truths that made your heart excited, grateful, and more tender toward others. 

Remember the joy of knowing, “Jesus loves me.”

Ray Bentley