Returning To Your First Love

Pastor Craig Moore   11/15/2012

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen!   Revelation 2:2-5 

God through John (Apostle - not - the Baptist) addresses 7 churches in Revelation 2 & 3.  He tells them each the things they are doing right, and that He is proud of them for. 

Then He uses a phrase in each case, "Yet, I hold this against you..."  as he goes on to explain something that is lacking.  To this first Church, Ephesus, he says, you are hard workers, you have perseverance.  You don't tolerate wickedness or hypocrisy. You have stood firm in your faith, enduring hardships and have not given up.   

  • Let me take a moment to say that those things are tremendous qualities. If you are going to succeed, both in the world we live in and in your faith in God, you need those kind of qualities.    

Then he goes on to say, "Yet I hold this against you..."   If you just stop reading before this line, everything is great.  But, the message doesn't stop there, so we need to read on.  The thing God was holding against them was that they had forsaken their first love.    

  • Notice that the list of things God was proud of were outward, and the one thing that God had against them was, their love.  They hadn't lost their first love they had left their first love.  You don't misplace love, you don't forget where you put it.  It doesn't slip through your fingers.  You slowly move away from what you love. You don't really notice it at first, and then you just feel differently.  
  • There's something very exciting about young love.  The passion that drives you to want to know everything about that person, to want to know what they're doing every minute of every day. (That's why stalking laws came into effect) The fact that you have a hard time concentrating on other things, because you are so consumed by the person you love.  

When I first invited Christ into my life I was a kid. My motivation was not love for Jesus, it was, "I don't want to go to hell!" - So I tried to live for God, rather unsuccessfully. 

Somewhere along the line, I fell in love with Jesus.  I learned that it was less about the things I do or don't do and more about the relationship with Jesus.  So many people are want to be a good Christian, but much like the Ephesians, they have either forsaken their first love or are still looking to discover that love relationship with Jesus Christ. 

For the Ephesians, when it was not about relationship God characterized them as having fallen a great deal. On the outside they looked great!  Doing lots of good things! On the inside they came up far short because they had left their first love. Perhaps you can relate.  If you will call upon the Lord and give yourself fully to Him, that relationship can be restored.

May God Bless Your socks off!

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