“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4
In either a vision or in reality, John sees Jesus. He is told to write down some information. Some of this is some letters to the churches. The first church was Ephesus.
Jesus had some good things to say about the church. They stood strong against false teachings and practices, and they had persevered through a lot of hardships for Him. However, He had one negative thing to say. That was they had forsaken the love they had at first.
This first love was Jesus. They had went from constantly seeking Him, spending time with Him, desiring only Him, and talking with Him to being with everyone else or just by themselves.
Think about how you would feel if someone who you loved dearly and that person constantly tried to spend time with you, all of a sudden stopped calling? Or that person started spending all the time with someone else besides you? It would cause pain and hurt.
Jesus is the same way. When someone who has spent lots of time with Him suddenly stays away, He is hurt. You as an individual are a part of the church. The church is supposed to be the body of Jesus, who is the Head. If you separate the body and the head, there is a problem.
Even today, there are many in the church who claim to follow Jesus. They carry a Bible and go to church regularly and even pray at every meal. Yet, when it comes to the day-to-day life, many forget about Jesus. They try to do everything on their own. They don’t live in sinful practices, but they don’t seek Jesus. They don’t seek His guidance, presence and wisdom. They have forgotten their first love.
Many when they became Christian could not stop spending time with Jesus. Later in the business and cares of life, they forsake Him and put time with Him on the shelf.
Remember the love you had for Jesus when you first believed in Him. Remember how you sought Him out.
Are you still there or closer to Him?
Are have you put Him on the shelf and forsaken Him?
I pray today that you will renew your love for Jesus; that you will spend time everyday throughout the day with Him; that you will live and breathe with Jesus on the forefront of your mind; and that you will have a strong growing relationship with Jesus.