Today we are featuring Angela Loven, guest writer with Titus II Woman. We pray you are blessed by her words to you today. Thank you, Angela, for taking the time to use your God-inspired to give encouragement to the women today!
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” Revelation 2:4
Do you remember when you fell in love? I do. My love story took awhile to come about. My husband and I had tried the dating thing a couple of times but I was not ready. Three years later, I was in a good place emotionally and spiritually, and ready to be pursued by my now husband. We began hanging out as friends. Friendship led to dating, dating led to marriage. I remember the times where we couldn’t wait to have a long chat on the phone and for our date nights. We would spend hours at a restaurant talking, sharing our pasts and our dreams. Getting to know each other and falling in love with who we were getting to know. Today he is still my most favorite person to be with.
Now think back on your relationship with Christ. Do you remember the excitement and awe of becoming His? Now think about your relationship with Christ today. Do you love Him more today than when you first began the relationship? The church of Ephesus in Revelations was doing many great things for the kingdom of God. They were working hard, they knew how to persevere. They had endured many hardships without giving up. We also can be like the church of Ephesus; we persevere as we too face difficult circumstances in our lives. We can be working hard for His kingdom: busy serving ministries in our churches, serving others, leading people to Christ and discipling others to maturity in Christ. We can get so busy doing good things that we forget that we are not spending time with Jesus. We push it off for later but sometimes later never comes. All the while, Jesus is longing for our heart.
Now more than ever, we need to return to the first love we had for Jesus. Good things and serving opportunities will always be there. We just need to remember that those good things and opportunities need to come second to our love relationship with Jesus. I read a quote from Henry Blackaby that has stuck with me. He was talking about making a commitment to love God and making it a priority. Henry Blackaby writes: “People who struggle to spend time with God don’t have a scheduling problem; they have a love problem.” Ouch! I don’t know about you but I do not want to have a love problem. May we have a heart like Paul when he writes in Philippians 3:8, “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”. If you find yourself with a love problem in your relationship with God; I encourage you to return and renew your love for Him.
Lord, I want a heart that loves you not for show, but for real. If I have any area that I am putting before my time with you please make it known to me and show me how to get back to you. I know that time with you is what makes me whole. I know that time with you is what shows me how to love with a real and transparent love. Jesus, I want you close to me. Thank you, Amen.