First Things First

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: ‘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; and you have persevered and have endured for My Name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:1-4 (NASB)

Dear One and Only, 

How do we lose sight of You, the Reason we are the church, Your lamp stand? Yet we do! We get busy in the world and leave You behind; You the One Who saves the world we inhabit! We are trying to fix behaviors instead of the hearts that produce our behaviors! We are distracted by cares. We are laid low by worries. We are grass withering. 

When You first came to us, we told everyone about You. We invited them to come because we knew You, and only You, were the only Answer they would ever need! Yet, our flame dimmed because we took our eyes off You. We looked at the world’s ills and tried solving them with the world’s answers— insanity! We made our challenges big and You little. Forgive us for replacing You with such impotent things! 

Revive us with First Love! Breathe on our dying ember. Fan the flame of love that in time past was so sure of You! Let our zeal grow now into maturity, into constancy. Let us do first things and live as those who are loved and in love! 

In Jesus Name Forever 

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