Do you remember your first “crush”? How you thought you’d go crazy if you couldn’t see him or her? All you could think about was being with them? Just one look at them and you’d feel a rush of emotion. However, we’ve also probably all felt the sting of region from a first love.
When we get wounded in our “first love” experiences in the natural (teased or embarrassed or rejected), we begin to build walls of self-protection so we won’t get hurt again. However, those very walls keep out the powerful emotions of first love that Jesus wants us to have with Him!
Doing the Right Things, but Missing the Point
Jesus loved the church at Ephesus. They were hard workers, doing great things. But one thing was missing – first love (Revelation 2:4). They’d lost their passion for Jesus.
It can be easy to lose our “first love” with Jesus, just like the Ephesian church! This was the church that Paul prayed would “…be empowered to discover…the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is His love! How enduring and inclusive it is. Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!” (Ephesians 3:17-19, Passion Translation).
Changing the Heart
It is easy to know this in our head, but another matter for it to touch the depths of our heart. God wants us to experience His extravagant, intimate love, not as a mental concept, but as a heart-felt, head-over-heels love encounter that changes us!
In the midst of our busy lives, it can be easy to forget our first love. We might rush through our devotional time, saying a quick prayer and reading a Scripture. However, God wants so much more. Not because He wants to add pressure to our schedule, but because He so longs for intimate time with you. Meditate on Me is God’s invitation to you to come aside and have some face to face time with Him.
If you feel you’ve lost that first love passion for Jesus, take some time right now to reconnect! Start meditating now by clicking here!