Revelation 2:4-5 “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
Every one of us has found ourselves in that place wondering, “How in the world did I get here?” And more importantly, “How do I get out?”
It’s called the ‘wandering heart’. Something catches our eye and we are distracted; and for that moment, we lose our train of thought or what it was we were relating to someone. Some in the medical field might diagnose you with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At least for me, I find there are way to many ‘stimuli’ wanting my attention.
I have a device on my wrist that tracks my health. It allows me to be notified if I receive an email, text or if I should get up and walk to fulfill my step goal for the day. I have a phone that either rings or buzzes with every notification of email, text or score to the games I follow. I sit in front of a computer that does much the same but also bombards my eyes with images and distracts my mind with the same notifications.
Is it no wonder we cannot hold an intelligent conversation for more than five to seven minutes? Many think it is because we’ve been trained by television that we need a commercial break. It is no wonder we cannot process a thought to completion or meditate on a truth, or think deeply about a subject.
If you think these the rantings of a more ‘chronologically gifted’ adult, hear me out. The text today Is Christ relating to the apostle John on the isle of Patmos where he had been exiled, the dispensations for us today. These seven churches and the prophecy that Jesus Christ relates to John is chock full of doctrine and truth.
One application of this passage is that we, who lose our focus can repent – or return – to our first love. That, of course, is our salvation. David’s eloquent writing in Psalm 51 is his return to a close, personal relationship with his God.
Psalm 51:10-13 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
The ‘joy’ of his salvation…
If David’s can be restored (and it was), then we, too, can have that selfsame joy restored unto us as well. John, in Revelation tells us return to our first works. What are those exactly?
Obedience. “Believe and be baptised.” Our first step of obedience marks a path of steps we all should be taking.
Reading and desiring the Word of God.
1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
In every true and meaningful relationship, we find that good communication is a core activity that will keep it thriving. Without prayer, we would truly feel like we’ve been left alone without a Guide or a compass to direct us. Our loving, Heavenly Father placed within us the blessed Holy Spirit of God; the Comforter, to aid us in this activity.
He, the Holy Spirit, is able to bring to God, things that even you and I cannot find the words to speak. Have you ever had a pain so deep; a valley so dark, a night so long or a situation so impossible that you felt like the world was crashing in? I dare say, we all have had some experience with that.
But God tells us:
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Prayer is direct access to the throne room of God to come and receive what it is we need.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Feeling all alone?
Hebrews 13:5 “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Each of us is so loved by God that He has chosen certain works for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Obedience helps me to know submission, humility, and authority.
The Word of God helps me to know Who God is; what is true and what is not.
Psalm 119:105 “NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Prayer helps me work through my problems; finds comfort; heals wounds; opens understanding; brings peace; calms my spirit; cleanses my soul and a myriad of things we find when He becomes all we need.
You see, we turn to so many things when we are troubled. Some to the medicine cabinet, others to the local bar. Some lay on a couch to listen to someone who has no idea who God is, what His will is for your life or can speak to the spiritual – which if you are a child of God, is a key element in your healing.
The sweet hymn writer wrote these beautiful words:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” – Helen Howarth Lemmel
In the child’s Sunday school, they are asked to answer many a question to aid in their learning. Most often, when they do not know the answer, they say, “Jesus”. We laugh and think it cute. Think again my friend – how profound. Jesus IS the answer to all of life’s problems, situations and circumstances. He knows the beginning from the end and has seen ALL of our life and knows just how it will turn out.
Why wouldn’t I go to Him first? Is it no wonder that God asks us to have the faith of a child?
Mark 10:15 “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”
As the child runs to their parent when hurt or frightened, we too, can go to our Heavenly Father as a child and be gathered up into His arms. That feeling of security does not leave us as we age, we must hold to the childlike faith that God waits, as the prodigal’s father, to receive us back when we turn and come back to Him.