“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast LEFT thy first love” (Revelation 2:4).
In Chapters 2-3, we find the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches. So many great lessons to ponder. And it doesn’t get any better, nor more important, than the first letter to the Church at Ephesus.
The church at Ephesus was a great church. They believed all the right things, they were busy doing all the right things, they were very careful with whom they allowed to influence them, and they were tireless laborers. Unfortunately, they had one small but very significant problem.
They had LEFT their first love. They didn’t lose it, they left it!
There are differing opinions on what is meant by the phrase “… thou hast left thy first love.” Some believe it is referring to our love for reaching the lost. In other words, our love for soul-winning. Others believe these words of our Lord are referring to losing our love for one another. Both of these are very possible, and unfortunately, if we aren’t careful, we do often find ourselves leaving our love for the lost and for one another.
I tend to agree with most commentators who see this as a passage that refers to our leaving our first love for Jesus Christ!
- The Great Commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, and with all of our might [Matthew 22:36-38].
- After Peter had denied Christ and went back to his old life of fishing, Jesus appeared and restored him by asking three times, “Peter, do you love Me?” [Jn 21]
While many of us can testify that at one time Jesus, and Jesus alone, was the great passion of our life, for many of us, things have changed. As the hymn writer put it, our hearts are prone to wander. All of us who has been saved for any length of time knows this is true, and if we aren’t careful, it can become tragic!
Has there ever been a time in your life when your love and passion for Jesus, and Jesus alone, was stronger and deeper than it is today? If so, take time to “remember” and “repent” before you drift too far from the Lover of your soul.
Is this not the very essence of biblical revival?
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may REJOICE IN THEE” – (Psalm 85:6)
Just reflecting on my love, or lack thereof, for Jesus!