Inspired by the song “Innocence” by Noel McLeary
To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, . . . “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:1, 4
The church in Ephesus is no slouch as a church. The church at Ephesus had a lot going for them. They were strong in deeds, hardworking, and known for their perseverance. They sought purity of doctrine, endured hardship, and served diligently. Yet, they bypassed their love relationship with God. The church had forsaken their first love.
Now let’s fast forward 2,000 plus years. Though it seems that this passage was written to just the church in Ephesus, I truly believe that the words we read wholeheartly apply to us as believers today as well. For I truly believe that many of us as Christians have also have left our first love.
There are so many things vying for your affection and devotion. You can give your life to an endless array of commitments and neglect the most important relationship. It is possible to give a little bit of yourself to everything and have nothing left for the most vital relationship. Keeping you fragmented is one of Satan’s goals to keep you from nurturing the life-giving relationship that Christ provides. As long as you are distracted from that which is eternal, Satan knows that your effectiveness in the Kingdom of God will be stifled.
I believe the Lord is telling us, “It’s not enough for you to be a caring, giving, diligent servant who grieves over sin and preaches truth. It’s not enough for you to uphold moral standards, endure suffering for My sake, or even be burned at the stake for your faith. This is all part of taking up my cross. “You can do all these things in My name, but if your affection for Me does not increase in the process of doing them, if I am not becoming more and more the one great delight of your heart, then you have left your first love.
Likewise, Jesus is telling the Ephesian Christians, “You no longer seek Me as the deer seeks. I am no longer the chief object of your desire. You may be willing to do things for Me, but I’m not at the center of your heart anymore!”
So my challenge for you today is to go back to your first love. Ask Jesus for grace and strength to begin again to guard your affection for Him! If God sent you a letter telling you He was upset with you for losing your first love, how would you respond? How would you answer His letter?
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Noel McLeary is a a Christian Pop/Rock artist from the Pittsburgh, PA area. “Innocence” can be found on his new EP titled “Can’t Escape Your Love,” which can be found on iTunes or at her website. For more information about Noel you can go to her website at www.noelmcleary.com