Read: Revelation 2:1-7
Love is more than a feeling of excitement in the presence of another. Rather, love is a commitment that grows deeper with the years. In the case of the Ephesian church, the excitement of first love for God had faded into meaningless ritual, activity without enthusiasm, works without any warmth. Jesus says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent” (Rev. 2:4-5).
G. Campbell Morgan described the problem of losing your first love for God with a story. He said, “A friend of mine had a daughter whom he dearly loved. They were great friends. One day his birthday came; and in the morning of that day she came into his room with her face wreathed in smiles and said, ‘Father, I have brought you a present.’ She handed him a box in which he found an exquisitely decorated pair of slippers. He said, ‘Darling, it was very good of you to buy these for me.’ ‘O father,’ she said, ‘I did not buy them. I have made them for you.’ Then looking at her he said, ‘Oh, now I understand. Is this what you have been doing for the last three months?’ She replied, ‘Yes, father. But how did you know how long I had been at work on them?’ He said, ‘Because for three months I have not had your company. You have been too busy. My darling, I like these slippers very much. But next time, buy the slippers, and let me have your company. I would rather have my child than anything she can make for me.’”
This should remind us that relationship and fellowship with our God is more important than our service for Him. If you think you have lost your first love for God, ask Him to restore to you the freshness and vitality of first love for Him. In place of our meagre labours for Him, let us be more concerned about our relationship with Him.