Do you remember when you first came to Jesus? There was passion, determination, excitement, love. You were on fire. I’ll never forget the day I gave my life fully to Him.
In the Bible, our relationship with God is often compared to a marriage relationship. Whether you’ve been married or not, dated or not, we see a picture of our relationship with God through this even if it’s from a distance. It’s not something beyond what we can understand, it’s not based on a certain criteria or points system, it’s love, it’s personal.
When I first gave my life fully to God, you couldn’t stop me from thinking about God, talking about Him, spending time with Him. Then slowly and gradually it started to fade. I would find myself concerned about what I was ‘doing’ for God, I would get wrapped up in how much I ‘knew’ about God, and I all of a sudden I found myself lukewarm, bitter, and at a distance. As Rev 2:4 says I ‘left my first love.’
Beyond anything we can do for God, He has first called us to Love him. In fact, it’s the greatest commandment (Matt 22). I love how in Luke, Chapter 10, Jesus comes for a visit.Martha is in the kitchen, ‘getting things done,’ but Mary is just sitting at Jesus’ feet.Martha is upset and probably thinking ‘Why isn’t Mary helping me?’ ‘I’m the one who is truly serving Jesus.’ Jesus’ response is powerful. He says, “Martha, Martha, … You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” I believe Jesus’ words are reaching far beyond that moment in time and grabbing our hearts today to remind us of what is important. May our hearts come back to our first love, may we never lose sight of what matters, may be set on fire and burn for Him!
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Rev 2:4 “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Matt 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’”