Today’s Scripture: 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: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Revelation 2:2-4

Birthdays are a treacherous time of year. My wife had hers a few months ago, so I pulled out the guidelines of ‘What not to buy your wife for her birthday.’ Let’s see, I think it goes something like this:

  • Nothing that plugs into the wall. (Electronics are far too difficult to master.)
  • Nothing with sizes (too big is a catastrophic mistake and too small insinuates the wrong thing.)
  • No weight-loss or self-improvement paraphernalia. (That just is an ouch!)
  • Nothing that costs too much or too little. (It’s a very fine line…almost invisible.)
  • Basically avoid anything useful, especially if it’s going to save her hundreds of hours.

At the end of the day, I decided to go with Home-Depot gift cards because Bass Pro Shop just didn’t seem appropriate. I’m sure you realize that I am simply being facetious.

But, do you remember when you first met your spouse and nothing was too costly, extravagant, or difficult to acquire for them? You would get flowers and all kinds of things just to make them smile because you loved them beyond what words or material things could convey. As the years go on, you grow closer to that person, more familiar. And although you don’t mean to, it becomes easy to take them for granted. Sadly, we tend to do this to the One Who should be our greatest and first love, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Instead of pouring out love to Him, we only seek what we can gain from Him. Help with our problems, answers to our prayers, and provision for our needs…everything has to do with us and nothing is out of our love for Him or appreciation for Who He is. If we are saved from Hell and don’t love our Savior, it is a very sad state in which we find ourselves. We need to think about the time when we first realized how much He loved us, and do things that will keep us in that mind frame. The love and grace that has been shown to us by the true Light of our lives is a precious gift that should be repaid by nothing less than our deepest love.

Purpose in your heart today to, by God’s grace, live each day acting upon the love that has been shown to you. Think about how you treated your greatest love here on Earth and apply that affection to the Lord. Make time for Him; listen to what He has to say. Think of ways to please Him; seek to bring Him joy. When you begin living this way, it will touch every other facet of your life making you a better husband or wife, father or mother, grandparent or young person. When your affections are set above, the way you treat those around you will become a reflection of the way you love the Lord. It will change the way you treat your life and everyone in it. Don’t lose that first love you had for the Lord. Get it back today. Clear off those cobwebs and let it shine!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.