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Your First Love

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:4 (NKJV)

“You left your first love,” were the words of Jesus to the Church of Ephesus as recorded in Revelation 2:4. These people had fallen in love with Jesus, and they were zealous for Him when they first heard the Gospel message. They were faithful to abandon their worldly lifestyles and serve each other in the body of believers with a true love (Eph 1:15). They had been faithful to discern evil in the pagan lifestyles; they were patient in enduring suffering for Christ’s name—they had done many good deeds, and they were hard workers, full of perseverance, but something had changed.

Q: So what went wrong?  What was Jesus referring to here in Revelation, and what can we learn from this as Christian men and women?  

I believe they became so busy doing the “work” of God; they left their first “love” for God. They still had a love for serving and working diligently, and they were faithful to weed out those people who would otherwise deceive the flock of believers, but they just didn’t have the love to worship Christ as they initially had.  

Satan loves to tempt us into believing our work for the Lord is more important than our worship of Him, but we can clearly see this isn’t true.  In the book of Luke we can see the story of two sisters who loved Jesus—Martha and Mary.  Martha had welcomed Jesus into her home, where she and Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 

But Martha was distracted and placed a higher priority with the work of serving, and she approached Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:40-42).

We must guard ourselves from the temptation to take God’s loving grace and somehow attempt to exchange it for our inadequate works, lest we also find ourselves leaving our first love. I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  

STUDY QUESTION: What did Jesus have against the Church of Ephesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you just as in love with Jesus as you were when you first believed?  Have you found yourself exchanging the worship of God for the work of God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take some time today with the Lord in prayer and in His Word.  Let Him know how much you love Him.  Do everything as an act of worship for Him, rather than a work for Him. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your unfailing love. Thank You for being faithful when I have been faithless.  I am sorry for the times when I have taken my eyes off of You and have put them on myself and what I was doing.  I want to say that I love You tremendously and I need You in my life today. Fill me with Your love and allow me to reflect it upon others as I seek to serve them today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott



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