“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’ Revelation 2:2-7
Jesus is speaking to the church here and although they hate evil and worked for His sake and not become weary, they stepped away from their first love. Perhaps you are asking, what is that first love?
Do you remember the relationship you had with Jesus when you first knew Him as Lord and Savior? When your love for Him overwhelmed your love of the world and all it had to offer? When you offered yourself a living sacrifice and surrendered your life to His service? That love.
The love that made you lift your hands and heart in worship, shedding tears of joy as His presence filled you. One touch of His hand brought an unspeakable and overwhelming desire to share that same life with others. When was the last time you felt that? When was the last time you shared?
I believe they allowed life with Jesus to become something they did, not something they were. Like ignoring Him as He sat listening to you share your life with others instead of sharing His life. Somewhere along the way, it became religious, habitual and just plain boring.
When you become a direct reflection of the time you spend with Him, no one will need to ask you, they will know how much you love Jesus. They will know there is something different about you. They will desire the peace and joy that shows on your face because you took time to love on Jesus to start your day. You took the time to say, “Jesus, I can’t live without you. Where I am, You are. You’ll never leave me alone, never. I love you.”
It must be a constant dialog day in and day out. Don’t ever lose touch with Him. Don’t walk away from your first love.
Thank you. Glad it spoke to you.