ABOUT JESUS - Steve Sweetman
Lost Love - Revelation 2:4
was clearly discouraged over her husband's loss of passion for her.
She wondered why things couldn't be as they once were.
He called it mature love, a love no longer driven by hormones.
She called it lazy love, a love no longer expressed in actions.
Not she, nor I, underestimate the influence or lack thereof that
hormones play in regards to love, but if we're honest, we'll admit that
dormant hormones are easily reignited into burning flames with the arrival
of new love.
Without putting forth an effort to keep the flame ablaze, first
love will fade.
saying all sorts of nice things about the Ephesian believers Jesus rebuked
them for forsaking their first love for Him (Revelation 2:4).
Like many marriages, church settles into a routine that robs the
passion of first love.
Church becomes dry, stale, and lifeless.
Maybe the Ephesians considered it mature love, but not Jesus.
Nothing has changed.
In many respects our western world church is no different than the
Ephesian community of believers.
We're doing lots of good, but we lack the passion of first love.
According to Jesus, that puts the western church on death's door.
told the Ephesian believers to repent.
He warned them that they'd lose their witness for Him if they
didn't do the things they did in a previous time of passion.
Jesus knew that doing those things that were once driven by the
passion of first love would help reignite lost love.
If there was no return to their first love that which they called
church would die.
Prior to its death it became a sickly shell of what was once
a vibrant church.
That shell was cut to the ground by the swords of Muslim armies who
conquered their way across the northern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. This
was the very land that the Apostle Paul conquered for Jesus by the sword
of the Spirit.
makes it clear.
First love can be lost.
It doesn't always mature, and, it can be reignited, whether in marriage or in church.
The choice is ours.
When routine replaces passion; when desire for other things steals
desire for Jesus; and, when the spark of first love is extinguished, it's
time to repent.
It's time to do the things we once did when passion for Jesus
motivated all we did.
First love can be reignited. Let's
go for it.