Rekindling Our First Love
Scripture Reference: Revelation 2: 1-7
A. At the start of the year, it is a good habit or attitude to make a review or an evaluation of one’s faith with our Lord. It is a measurement of how we stand before Him in our relationship with Him, whether we are on track or falling away from Him. As Apostle Paul said in 2nd Corinthians 13: 5, “Put yourselves to the test and judge yourselves to find out whether you are living in faith. Surely you know that Christ Jesus is in you – unless you have completely failed.”
B. The text for today talks about our first love with Him, and reminding us to go back to what we are doing before, if we are falling away from Him. For our self-review, here are the key points for us to check.
A. Love for God (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)
- He is no longer the centerpiece of our life. Our love has gone cold; no more warmth. Was it replaced by love of the world, becoming a friend of it? If so, you have become the enemy of God (James 4:4; 1st John 2:15). Remember, God is a jealous God and tolerates no rivals; for He will bring punishment on those who hate Him and on their descendants down to the 3rd and 4th generations (Exodus 20:5)
- Giving up the habit of meetimg together, like worship service, prayer meeting, etc? Hebrews’ admonition is to always come near to God with a sincere heart and not giving up the habit of meeting together, more so because we are in the last days (Hebrews 10:22, 25). What if Jesus Christ 2nd Coming comes during service and you are not around? You might be left behind!
B. Love for One Another (Romans 12:8-13)
- Have we lost our love for one another? Instead, was replaced with hate, envy, jealousy, indifference, back-biting; acting like wild animals, hurting and harming each other. The bible warns us that such acts will ultimately and completely result in destroying one another (Galatians 5:15) and furthermore, it will show that we are still living in darkness and not walking in the light (1st John 2:9-10)
- Compassion and kindness have gone. Then, the fruit of the Spirit was gone too.
C. Love for the Word (Psalms 119:97-104)
- No longer delight in His Word, hence, no longer meditate on it day and night as a guide for fruitful and successful living (Psalms 1:2-3); as a guide and help too for teaching the truth, for rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instructions for right living (2nd Timothy 3:16); instead replaced by TV and other entertainment or hobbies that gobbles much of our time
- Apostle Paul admonished us in Colossians 3: 16 to let the Word of Christ dwell in our heart richly; for His Word will not return to Him empty but will accomplish and achieve His purposes (Isaiah 55:11). His Word is eternal – heaven and earth will pass away but His Word will remain (Matthew 24:35)
D. Love for Obedience (Matthew 28:20; John 14:15)
- Obedience brings blessing, as repeatedly told; for those who obey Him will experience His love (Exodus 20:6). Obedience is our way of showing our love for Him; He will come and live with those who love and obey Him (John 14:15, 21, 23)
- The Lord prefers obedience than sacrifices. Disobedience is rebellion against Him and as bad as witchcraft and arrogance is as sinful as idolatry (1st Samuel 15:2-23)
- Remember, “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do” (Matthew 7:21)
E. Love for Serving (Matthew 10:38; John 13:1-5)
- Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling (Psalms 2:11; 100:2). It is a command and also, a privilege to serve Christ (Philippians 1:29)
- It requires even self-denial, taking up His cross daily (Matt. 10:38) and humility, like what Jesus Christ did in washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:1-5)
- Keep busy in God’s work, since nothing we do for Him is ever useless. We will be rewarded (1st Corinthians 15:58). What do you prefer serving God or the enemy?
F. Love for Giving (2nd Corinthians 9:6-8)
- Are we cheating God and earn His ire or curse? (Malachi 3:8-9). Let’s give to God what is due Him, gladly and willingly and He will return it to us abundantly, more than we need (Philippians 4:19).
- Didn’t we know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ; rich as He was, He made himself poor, in order to make as rich by means of His poverty (2nd 8:9)
G. Love for Sharing the Gospel (Matthew 28:8, 18-20)
- Let us not forget His Great Commission to us before He ascended to heaven. Remember, you were saved because someone shared you the Good News of Salvation. Pass it on. You have received without paying, so give without being paid (Matthew 10: 7-8). Make it a habit, a life-style to share. Or are we sharing the GOSSIP and not the GOSPEL?
- Think of your life. It’s worth nothing, if you will not fulfill His command to “go and make disciples” (Acts 20:24). Many, out there, are still living in darkness whose destiny, if not witnessed to, is HELL. We should be concern!
Need I say more? It is for us to evaluate ourselves against the foregoing key points, individually. We should be guided by them as we go forward this year. Have we failed? Let us re-dedicate and re-commit ourselves, sincerely and honestly, to Him! Let’s pray!