Something to read: Isaiah 12:2
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Something to think: Our first love
At prayer meeting on Tuesday morning this was the verse from my You Version bible app. It reminded me of something I have felt incredibly convicted about recently in my own journey personally but also as I reflect on the journey of the Church. I use a capital C here because I don’t think it is fair or right to centre on a particular church.
But I wonder if many have forgotten their first love. Sure many of us turn up to churches all over the world, we sing the hymns, say the amen, try to listen to the sermons and have a cup of tea after the service. But that’s as far as it goes for many. Part of my surmising of this comes from the amount of people that are actually in churches.
If the salvation we have is good news, which I honestly believe it is; if Jesus Christ the saviour of the world who rose from the grave and conquered death is worth worshiping, which again I believe he is worthy of being worshipped. If all of that is true for us, then every church would be full. Because when that is completely true in our own lives, it is impossible not to share it with others.
When the Good News is truly good news, we want to share, we need to share it – because it is our first love.
Have you ever met someone who’s picked up a new hobby? It might be a new sport, or diet, or board game, or TV show. What do they almost always do? They tell you about it, about how great the results are from this new diet, how amazing the TV programme is, how you should come and give the sport a go to. The things we love, are the things we talk about.
My prayer for each of us, is that Jesus whom we love, who we adore would be at the tip of our tongues, that we would want to tell others about it. My prayer is that we might all rediscover our first love that is Jesus Christ our salvation.
Something to pray:
Jesus Christ, our redeemer, our friend, our good news. Help us to remember that you are the good news. You are our salvation and our good news, you have a purpose and plan for us. Renew that passion in us. Amen.
TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS:
Revelation 5:11-14 (NIV)