“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start. We were doing Bible drills in church this Sunday and I got to read Revelation 2:4, and for some reason, it really stuck with me.
Revelation 2:1-7 is a letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. Look at how it starts off: “I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.” (v. 2-3)
Right off the bat, they’re being commended for perseverance, for discerning true believers from false believers, and for standing firm in their faith.
But verse 4 has a different ring to it: “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” The church at Ephesus was doing almost everything right, but they had left their first love…God.
Often, we get so wrapped up in doing things for Christ that we forget that our relationship with Him should be our priority, even above all we do for Him. But look at the verses below…these really helped me to put it all into perspective:
“For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” -Hosea 6:6
“Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.” -1 Samuel 15:22
“and to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” -Mark 12:33
How easy is it for us as believers to “go through the motions” of being a Christian and do things “just because”? While God definitely wants us to serve Him, He desires the relational aspect first. Have you “left your first love” and become distracted by the tasks that come with being a Christian?
Don’t get so wrapped up in doing “Christian” things that you miss the reason behind them. Our first love needs to be Christ.