Returning to our First Love in the Lord

Revelation 2:4 (KJV) Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

This is one of the major problems of the Church today. Churches spend so much energy and time and resources, but their love for God (and for people) has been running dry.

This first love is actually an experience. It is this experience that characterizes a very hot Christian:

A Christian who is willing to give hours of quality time with God in prayer and Bible reading.

A Christian who is willing to deny himself of all the pleasures or dreams or comforts for the sake of drawing near to God and yielding to His will.

A Christian who is able to pray for others in heartfelt groaning and tears.

A Christian who is humble enough not to take credit for any good works he has done but rather give all the glory back to God.

A Christian who is willing to listen to what Jesus wants to say, taking aside all the worries of life (and the ministry).

The last one is what God has told us recently. Many Christians are acting like Martha, being busy for the Lord but not taking time to commune with Him in intimacy and listening. Thus, she ended up being bossy, being boastful, and being self-centered.

Luke 10:38-42 (KJV) Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Let us all return to God in our first love.