We hear a lot about returning to our ‘first love’; the charge given to the Ephesians in Rev 2.4 – Remember the high point from which you have fallen… and I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to recapture something which we once had at some point in our life through our own efforts, to return to the ‘heights’ in our own strength. Try, but it is possible you will end up getting more tired out, burned out, frustrated and filled with more condemnation that you can’t rediscover your ‘first love’ than you did before.
Instead be still and know that He is God. And when you reach that place of stillness the revelation that will hit you, is that He First loved you (1 John 4.19).
So let Him encounter you with His Love FIRST!
Our ‘first Love’ is that He first loved us!
He first adored you, He first knew you and has always known you (Jer 1.5).
The first thoughts about your life? His.
He first planned out your life, He first dreamed plans to prosper you and plans for your success (Jer 29.11).
The first moments of Hope for you?
There would be no you, unless He first Hoped that you would exist!
Delight yourself in the Lord? Guess what? He first delighted Himself in the very thought of you! And when He made you He wasn’t disappointed. (Zeph 3.17)
We love singing about lifting God up and enthroning Him. I’m sorry but… before you ever sung one worship song ‘enthroning’ God, yes, He first lifted you up and enthroned you within the Heavens. (Ephesians 2.6)
Inviting God into your heart? You came from His.
He was first with you, before you were aware of Him.
Hang on a minute… you did first believe in Him. Kidding, He obviously first believed in you, and He gave that Faith to you as a gift! (1 Corin 12.9 + Galatians 3.23-25)
Shouting His name from the roof tops? He did that a while ago (Isaiah 43.1).
But we’ve got to empty ourselves in worship you say? Great, we can get our inspiration from Christ who first Emptied Himself and became nothing, so that you could be filled with fullness of the Godhead!! (Philippians 2.7 + Colossians 2.10)
Not only is He the First born of all creation and in Him were all things created BUT in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1.15-17). He’s got it under control so let go of anxiety and rest in His Sovereignty.
He IS the First and the Last! The Alpha and Omega; The beginning and the end. Let His First Love awaken your heart to love and let His Love lift you and carry you to the heights.