Who is our first love? In other words, who do we come to love first before all others? For most of us it would be our parents, be it natural or foster. Then, there could be dear ones like siblings, relatives, or buddies. Love begets love. The love (kindness or affection) of others towards us produce a reciprocal effect on us, and vice versa.
Moving on in life we come to know Jesus Christ as our LORD and Saviour and we progressively resolve to make Him the number-one love in our life. In this regard we begin to accord to Jesus the highest love, loving Him above all our other loved ones. We could not help ourselves but respond to His agape (unconditional love) by loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
“God is love.” And, as His amazing love is revealed to us more and more in His grace by the Holy Spirit in us and in the lives of fellow believers, we are moved to become a more loving person ourselves, accordingly.
Should there, God forbids, come a time when our love for Him waxed cold, we are urged in Revelation 2:4 to return to the “first love” we have with Christ -- to regain and re-establish the highest love that we have for Him, previously. Some us are veterans when it comes to making our complaints before God. But, what if God were to say to us: “But I have this complaint against you . You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first.” (Rev. 2:4a, NLT)?
David was a man given to God, a man after God’s own heart. He is full of thanksgiving and praise towards God, and knows Him intimately. In Psalms 27:4 (NKJV), David declared His first love:- “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.”
How did God respond to David’s overture? In Acts 15:16-19 (NKJV) God says, “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the LORD who does all these things.”
We do not have the prerogative to choose our parents, but we certainly have the free will to choose our first love and/or to return to our first love. Today, as we hear His voice, let us return to our first love -- the God of whom David said, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” (Psalm 16:11, NLT).
© Copyright 2007, by Michael S K Chu.