Love or Obligation

"Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." Revelation 2:4"

"What? Wait! Not me, surely not me!?"

But as I think about His words I have to admit--I have. I've let a myriad of things move me farther and farther away. What started as love has become an obligation; what was done naturally is now something I debate about. And I can't remember when it became this way.

"Therefore remember from where you have fallen and repent and do the deeds you did at first, or else...." Revelation 2:5a

Again, "WHAT?" Was this an ultimatum? 

As I prayed for clarity I saw the connection. What started in love had become a mindless habit, then a chore that could backslide into a lukewarm attitutde or my taking the credit for what I'm doing. Therein lies the "or else." I am very capable of pridefully walking away from God.

Did I become indignant or defensive? Maybe a little bit--for a moment. But, at that moment, gratitude welled up inside me for God's Word. It is the mirror I need to remind me Who I serve and why; a reminder of the love of My Shepherd who doesn't let this little lamb stray too far.

"He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him that overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God." Revelation 2:7

What a timely reminder the Bible had for me this morning. I shake myself awake from sleep, and, as I walk through my day, I remind myself that I can't outlove God--and to serve Him is a joy.

by Eve Montano