I just was listening to an interview with an actress from a new favorite mini-series of mine on TV; i.e. The Walking Dead. She was talking about the sweetness and excitement of first-love relative to her in-story relationship with ‘Glenn.’ Anyway, this interview and the idea of ‘first-love’ made me think of Jesus; who else? In particular it made me think of what Jesus called the church of Ephesus back to, her ‘first love.’ The revelator writes of this encounter:
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Revelation 2:2-4
I remember when I first met my wife-to-be, there was that spark, that newness and freshness, that excitement about being in that first-love with her. Everything seemed as if time was just suspended and nothing else mattered except being with her. And even though real life was happening all around us, even during that time, nothing else took priority to this love, this first-love that I began to share with her.
Similarly, analogically, I can remember the pure rush of excitement of falling in love with Jesus. A passion brewed in my heart for him in ways that were unharnessed from anything else but being with and knowing him. He consumed my every waking thought, and determined my every step each day. All I wanted to do is share this first-love that I was experiencing with him with others, with everyone! It was this ‘first love’ that took priority over everything else; it was all that mattered!
This experience, whether between human beings, or between God and humans in Christ should take priority over everything else. We should keep returning to this love. Notice, when Jesus is attempting to woo his church at Ephesus, he isn’t necessarily calling them back to certain feelings (although those are there and should not be diminished intellectualistically), he is calling them to a life of repentance; of coming back to him and renewing their vows with him over and again, afresh and anew every day.
First love is sweet! I pray everyone gets to experience that with the lover of the world, Jesus Christ!