It is incredible, is it not, that we can know Him! There are times when the expression of God’s love for me and His plan to make a way so that I can come from darkness to light as one redeemed and forgiven…that I can be a child of God…beloved of the Most…a recipient of His glorious grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding…Is overwhelming beautiful:)
The truth that He desires for me to know Him and by the blood of Jesus and faith in Him has made a way for me to approach God with freedom and confidence, coming to His throne of grace to find mercy and help in my time of need – including my need to know Him more deeply and love Him more fully – this truth is both completely delightful and so very humbling.
I have been challenged over the last few days by the letter in Revelation to the Ephesians church. In spite of all that they were doing – deeds, hard work, perseverance, not tolerating wickedness, discerning, enduring hardship – God still had something against them.
They had forsaken their first love.
While they may have been thinking they had come a long ways, God told them to consider how far they had fallen, to repent and to do the things they did at first.
I have been reflecting on these words and have found myself wondering what was missing? Their list of doings is impressive, but is was missing a critical element that led to them forsaking their first love…
I can’t help but wonder if part of it could be be that innocent delight of taking time to spend at the feet of Jesus and learning from Him and just simply loving Him.
I am reminded of the time when Jesus went to Martha and Mary’s for a meal. Mary sat down at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha was preparing the meal. Finally, Martha could stand it no longer. She demanded that Jesus get Mary to help her.
But Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it won’t be taken from her.” (Luke 10:41, 42 NIV)
Only one thing is needed.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His words.
Lord Jesus, sometimes I can get busy doing life and the work that is before me, instead of first taking time to sit at your feet and listen to you. You also took time, before the events of the day unfolded, in the early morning to go and spend time with God. You want to be and You need to be my first love. Please teach me what that means and help me to intentionally take time each day to spend with you and learn from you so that I may know you and love you. Amen.
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Rev. 2:4 NKJV