10 Dec 2018

Remember Your First Love

by Richard Reed

Start by reading…Amos 1:1 - 3:15Revelation 2:1-17Psalm 129:1-8Proverbs 29:19-20

I can still remember the first few weeks and months of my life after I became a Christian. I was always reading the Bible, I would pray in the morning and in the evening, and I was regularly speaking at the Boys’ Brigade club on a Friday evening.

I was planning to give up work and start doing something for God, but my father-in-law, who had been a Christian for many years, had a word with me and suggested it might not a good idea until I had another way of supporting myself financially. I was just on fire for God!

Revelation 2:4 says:

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

Have I forgotten my first love after 28 years of Christianity? What am I doing now compared with the time when I first became a Christian? Am I still fervent? Do I still love the Word of God? Do I love spending time in the presence of God, worshipping and praising Jesus?

When was the last time you looked back to the time when you first became a Christian and compared it with your Christian walk today? I don’t know where you stand today, but if remember only one thing remember this. Matthew 22:37 says:

“Jesus said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”’”

When the Pharisees and Sadducees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said that they should love God with all that they were and with everything they had.

Pause and reflect: Is it time you gave your Christian walk a check-up? Have you forgotten your first love? Choose to start loving God with all that you are and all that you have once again.

Richard Reed
Richard Reed

Richard and his wife Mandie have four children. He has worked for an IT financial servicing company for more than twenty years, working with all the major banks in the UK. He has been a lay preacher for twenty years and is trained as a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) money coach. Richard is on the core leadership team at Victory Church Cwmbran and is passionate about bringing people to Jesus and seeing them released from financial burdens.

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