Posted by: springsinthedesert | January 5, 2010

Have You Forsaken Your First Love?

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: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. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

           Revelation 2:1-5

These verses are from the letter from God to the church of Ephesus. But we being the church of God, it is said to each one of us. If you carefully read the above verses, you will understand how God’s eyes penetrate into every details of men and how He takes into account everything that we possess and even the smallest thing we lack.

The church of Ephesus had everything that a christian can hope for. They had good works. They worked hard with perseverance. The church could not stand any kind of wicked or evil actions. They stood for truth and judged every false prophets. They suffered for christ and was ready to do anything for Him without getting weary or tired. In other words, a prefect church in our eyes. But in spite of all these positive qualities, when the God with eyes like blazing fire look down on each one of us, He sees negatives that are not supposed to be a part of us. Can you imagine that anything could go wrong with this church of Ephesus after having described all their good deeds? But after that long list, God mentions one thing…They have forsaken their first love. Now, is that possible? Do you think that anyone can do all these good deeds without having the love of God? What is this first love that God craves in us?

To get an idea of ‘first love’, let me take an example which we can relate to. Do you remember the days you first fell in love? The days after your engagement and the first few years of marriage is the time that you cherish the most in your married life. I’m not saying that you lose the love after several years of marriage, but the love you had during those initial days are more expressive. Your thoughts, your deeds and everything you do, portray that love you have deep in your heart. Your thoughts will always be about him. Everything you see and hear reminds you of him/her. You could just spend hours talking to him about nothing. Other look at you and see that joy of love on you face. You don’t mind bothering others by telling them about the love of your life. You know the favourite color of your partner, his likes and dislikes. You try to dress your best for him. Knowingly or unknowingly, everything you do and say will be for your love. And that is ‘first love’.

 Remember those days? What happened now? It’s not that you do not love your partner. But you see that things are different. AS you both grow in family life, your priorities change. Many a times we take each other’s presence granted. We spend more time and effort to take care of the family…our job, kids and house. But if you say that to a newly married couple, they will never understand. They might even say..”Oh no, nothing can change us and we will be like this forever”. But the truth is…they too go through that phase of life as they move on.

Now coming back to the scripture, did you understand that ‘first love’ God talks about? Remember the first time we fell in love with Jesus? Remember the first time He came into our lives? When the word of God was revealed to me for the first time, I was bubbling with joy. I was ready to do anything for Him. I could go to the ends of the earth to tell others about this love that I found. I loved spending time with Jesus, talking to Him, listening to Him and reading His word. But what happened to you and me? Did other things of life took the higher priority? This verse shows us that we can work for God without spending time with Him. Are we doing the same thing? When others look at us, they see us involved in every single thing in church, but how is the love that we have for christ?

If you love someone, you spend time with Him. Do you do that with Jesus? All the other things matters to God only if you still have that ‘first love’. To have that kind of love, you must have a relationship with Jesus. Do you love Him because you were taught so by your parents? Do you serve Him because you go to a church? What is the reason for your love for Christ? Never take you christian life granted. Your love for God matters the most to Him. Let this thought prick our conscience and bring us back to our first love.

Loving Him,

Rani John


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