Remember The Love
Posted: Thursday, December 10
Verse of the day:
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. (Revelation 2:3-4)
Those who have been in love (or are still in love) know there is something special about the beginning of the relationship. It is adoring. It is passionate. It is devoted.
Over time, routine enter relationships. Many aspects of a routine are actually healthy and even essential for long-term success. In marriages that work well, both partners elevate the needs of the other above their own. We like to know that we can count on each other to carry out daily and weekly tasks. Responsibilities are divided and shared to make the relationship function.
However, we must not forget about the reason behind all of our efforts.
Today’s passage reminds us that we can neglect love, even in a relationship that is successfully functioning. This is true in relationships with people we love and in our relationship with Christ.
Jesus tells believers that they have “persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary” (Revelation 2:3 NIV). These are good things. What a privilege it would be to hear Christ acknowledge that we tirelessly pressed on and overcame challenges for the advancement of the gospel.
However, these Christians lost sight of what is most important. Jesus says, “Yet, I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first” (2:4). How piercing those words would be, especially coming from our Lord. We are implored to remember the adoration, passion and devotion we had when we gave our lives to Christ.
Our church functions because of the motivated and dedicated people who generously invest their time and talent into various ministries. Several hundred volunteers are involved in our Christmas musical this month. We pray that this presentation will positively impact the lives and families of the thousands who come through our doors. We also pray that our love for Christ will not be abandoned in the busyness of preparing and serving.