Remember Your First Love:
“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write…I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil…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…” (Revelation 2:1-7).
There are three things that we learn in this letter written by the Lord Jesus. They are: affirmation, assessment, and assignment. Let’s look at each of these points briefly:
1. AFFIRMATION: “I know your works…”
The first thing we learn from this letter is a word of encouragement. God knows our works! He knows everything about us, and everything that we’ve done for Him. He is the God-Who-Sees. Like the Psalmist David wrote, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.” (Psalm 139:1-6). This is such an encouraging word of affirmation: The Lord knows us. The Lord loves us. The Lord cares about us deeply. Which brings us to our second point…
2. ASSESSMENT: “I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
For many people, those words are an accurate assessment of where they’re at spiritually. Yes, they love the Lord Jesus, and yes, they have been striving to serve Him faithfully. But many believers have left their first love. They have gotten so busy working for the Lord that they have forgotten to spend time with the Lord we’re working for. They have forgotten to take the time to slow down and sit at the feet of Jesus. Search your heart. Can this be true about you? Have you become like Martha, who was worried and troubled about many things? Have you forgotten to be like Mary, who took time to sit at the feet of Jesus? That’s first love. That’s right priorities. That’s the good thing that will never be taken from us. Never allow yourself to get so busy that you forget to spend time with the Lord Jesus. Which brings us to our final point…
3. ASSIGNMENT: “Remember from where you have fallen and do the first works.”
Now we come to God’s assignment—His action plan for us. There are two things He calls us to do. First, is to remember from where we have fallen. Remember the love that you once had for the Lord Jesus when you first became a Christian, and the joy you had that came just from being in His presence. And second, is to repent—to turn from your sins and turn to God. To confess your sins to Him and find forgiveness, and do the first works. What are the first works? The basics of Christianity. Read your Bible. Pray. Spend time sitting at the feet of Jesus. Love God with all of your heart. Listen to the Lord. Stay close to Jesus. Care for people—show them His love. Remember your first love!
Pastor Chris Jordan