Your first love

July 28th, 2008

Revelation 2:1-7 talks about the church at Ephesus and how they are going as a church. There are some positives, some negatives and a challenge.

At the start of the passage in verses 1-3 we see that the Lord commends the church of the good things they are doing. He commends their labour in doing good works, for being patient, for opposing evil and exposing false teachers. All good things that deserve being commended.

Then in verse 4 of the passage changes. He says, “You no longer love me as you first did”. In this simple statement we see that the church at Ephesus had lost its first love for Jesus. They had been doing some great things, things that the church should be doing, but they had forgot the reason why we do church in the first place – Jesus.

In verse 5 Jesus offers them the challenge and the call to repent. He says, “Repent and do the things you did at first”. Jesus is calling them back to re-focus their hearts on Him and their relationship with Him.

I think as Christians we can all learn from this passage. Human nature is that we get all excited at first and then over time our enthusiasm wanes. This happens to many people when they first get married. The love and excitement is overwhelming and then in time it fades and many relationships fall apart. Today as Christians we can start off loving Jesus passionately, but in time we can get caught up in serving Him like the church as Ephesus and we can lose our first love.

How are you going? Is Jesus your first love or have other things got in the way? Is it time to come back and check in with Him today? Is it time to re-focus your love and adoration on Him and then move out into the world from there?

God Bless,