I will never forget the first year of my faith walk. I was 18 years old, in community college and dating the guy who first invited me to church. He took me to church, I took Christ as my Savior, we broke up. Then I started to attend the college group there- what a treasure those days are to me now. I was surrounded by people my own age who loved God passionately, they challenged me to grow and walked with me as I did.
I was in love with God. I climbed into His Word like it was my life boat, I spent time in worship like I was drowning in the ocean of world and it was my air. With great gulps, I took it all in and pestered my pastors and new friends with endless questions. It wasn’t love at first sight, it was love at faith sight. I was utterly smitten and surrounded by people who felt the same way.
I remember finding the following verse for the first time and sharing with a fellow new believer:
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8, 9 NIV)
“Yes, that is exactly how it feels!”, he told me. “I know,” I said, “I couldn’t have said it better”.
Inexpressible and glorious joy.
It is good to remember the days when you first fell in love with Jesus. The moment the eyes of your heart were opened and you “saw” God in all His glory for the first time. The days when your newfound faith filled your soul with an inexpressible and glorious joy from simply knowing you had a Savior.
It is more than good- you need to remember especially after you have gone through a trial or have endured a season of testing. In Revelation 2, John commend’s the believers of Ephesus for not giving up. But there is more to life that just surviving. God has called you to live the abundant life. He has called you to thrive!
Can your life thrive without love? No. It is the essence of God and sweet nectar that feeds your spirit. If you are married and are just surviving without loving or being loved, you begin to question why you are married at all. You will feel the same way in your relationship with God. You are called to more that just survival, you are called to love. If you are tired, burned out and at their end of your rope spiritually and relationally, the answer is the same for both:
“You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” (Revelation 2:4, 5 NIV84)
Remember your first love.
Recognize where you are at.
Repent which I means make the 180 turn around and do things different. Do the things you did at first.
May your body, soul and spirit be invigorated by God’s love. Live loved and live in love, my friend.
I love to hear from you. What is something that you used to do and you need to start doing again? What do you remember from your first days in love?