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First Love

Weekly Devotionals

First Love

Revelation 2

“To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

For the past five years I’ve been engaged in a more creative type of Sunday worship which involved two small children, diapers, napping, feeding, chasing around small bodies in fear of injury (the list goes on!) and bits and pieces of sermons here and there each week. I can’t say I enjoyed them – I mostly didn’t know what was going on and was trying to do my best at surviving. Of course Sunday worship doesn’t represent the whole of our faith but in a way it does sort of reflect what’s going on during the other six days. I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that every day pretty much looked the same for me and during my season of being a mom of young children and spending quality time with Jesus was, to say the very least, extremely challenging.

So when I finally started to properly attend Sunday worship again two weeks ago because my youngest agreed then that she would go to her own Sunday school class, it was a “wow,” moment for our family. I thought I would sing my heart out during praise and have lots to say during prayer time but to my surprise it wasn’t that way at all. Instead, I found myself speechless. I didn’t know where to begin.

In the quiet of not having to care for my children, my heart longed for the things that God gave me when I first fell in love with Jesus. I’ve tried to do a lot the past five years – with my kids, with the church – but in this new season, I long to remember the passionate love God put in my heart for Him and His people years ago. For me, it always starts in God’s Word and a lot of times it starts with reading Revelation 2. This passage reminds me of what’s important and where I am going.

I pray on this brisk new Monday morning that the Spirit would help us remember our first love and fill us with it’s joy and warmth. I pray it will give us the strength to meet the challenges we face each day knowing that it is eternity that will be our dwelling place in a reality that is very different from the one we see now.

Have a wonderful week!
With love.