your dear early love

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It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free–signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
Ephesians 1:11-14 The Message

I recently heard someone reference Revelation 2 and how God is our first love. The concept of first love has been intriguing as of late.  It’s interesting to look at the beginning of Ephesians, and then to the place in Revelation 2 where God as a first love is mentioned because lo-and-behold, Revelation 2 is directed to the church of Ephesus. I love looking at the beginning of Ephesians, and then reading Revelation 2:1-7 and seeing how their struggle to remain faithful to their first love mirrors mine:

1 Write this to Ephesus, to the Angel of the church. The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights’ circle, speaks:

2-3 “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out.

4-5 “But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall!

“Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.

6 “You do have this to your credit: You hate the Nicolaitan business. I hate it, too.

7 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”

God will always be my first love, but faithfulness is a process. Even when I forget that truth and wander off a bit, he’ll be there bringing me closer time and again.

Also, how can you read this version of Ephesians 1 and not think of this?

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