Strengthening Our First Love

What was it like for you when you first accepted Jesus as your Savior? For me, I spent that night reading the entire book of John. I was ravenous for His word. I was 11.

Yesterday I started reading the book of Revelation. I camped out in Revelation 2:4-5. It was spoken to the church in Ephesus. Verse 4 says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you left your first love.” When Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus he called them faithful. Ephesians 1:15 says, “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.”

Paul faithfully instructed and encouraged that group of believers. The words are timeless. I love reading that book. Yet, according to verse 5 in Revelation they had fallen away from their zeal and passion. It says, “Remember from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent.”

This question begs to be asked. Have I fallen from something? Have ‘crowders’ dimmed the light of my testimony? John 1:4 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Verse 7 says that John the Baptist was a witness of that Light, “…that all through him might believe.”

What has happened in our nation? Perhaps the light of the church has been dimmed. The body of Christ, the churches in our nation, have not been penetrating the darkness. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Picture with me a dark room. Then a match is struck and a lamp is lit. The darkness flees. Verse 15 says, “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Search your heart. I’m searching mine. How can the church, the body of Christ penetrate and illuminate the darkness that is shrouding our nation? Is it more than prayer, though prayer is our ambush against the unsuspecting enemy. It is bringing the light of the gospel to those around us. The gospel is THE hope for our nation.

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