2000-07-21 - Our First Love
Have you ever been in love? If so, you know how it is: You think of that person often. You wish you could be with him or her. You think of ways to please the one you love, and work you do for them is more of a joy than a chore. Your heart smiles when you can show the person your love, and soars when they show you in return. You live life as a lover in the best sense of the word. How much more we should live life as a lover of God!
Rev. 2:5 Look how far you have fallen from your first love! Turn back to me again and work as you did at first. If you don't, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. (NLT)
How often do you think about God? God, and His will for your day, should be the first thing on your mind when you wake up. And He should be foremost in your thoughts all day long.
Psalm 84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty. 2 I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. (NLT)
Do you yearn to spend time with God? Do you look forward eagerly to your prayer and Bible study time? If not, ask God to give you these desires. Then make them a priority in your schedule, as you would for the one(s) you love.
Do you ardently express love for God? If not, try to think of some ways to show Him your passion for Him, as you would to someone with whom you are in love. Do something for no other reason than loving God. Have you ever received a present that you felt came from a sense of obligation, rather than a loving, eager heart? It doesn't mean much. We should lavish our love on God, willingly, gratefully and cheerfully. Besides, we can never outgive Him.
: ) Jan