Who Do I Love Most?

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 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.” Revelation 2:4-5

We are working out our own salvation with fear and trembling and our LORD, as He promised, is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:12-13).  The disciple must be consumed with the Word and Spirit of God and unduly and excessively tending to menial, non-eternal things which in themselves are not sin, crowds Christ right out of our lives. Didn’t Jesus call these things “the cares of this life” and tell us they could disqualify us? (Mark 4:17-19) It would seem that the 5 foolish virgins may have deliberately chosen to not seek the LORD as the “first love” diligently enough and allowed themselves to be drained of the oil of His holy presence and shut out! (Matthew 25:1-13) Picture yourself is the excruciating and conscious pains of eternal damnation, in the prison of fire, filled with remorse with no second chance, and why? – Because you refuse to authentically get real with and obey God in your brief earthly life. Wow!

Some people say it’s hard to lose one’s salvation? I don’t think that’s what the Bible teaches. There are many pleasurable lures in this life that are easy to buy into and squander God’s time on. There are 17 soul-damning sins listed in Galatians 5:19-21 and some of them are quite easy to participate in. It all boils down to who we truly love most – self or the Savior.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12

Jesus also speaks of “the lust of other things” and those things don’t have to be sinful in themselves yet become idols when we make them more important than the only LORD and Savior.

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19

LORD, please cleanse us today from spiritual adulteries and idolatry!

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

Notice that the writer of Hebrews deals with “weight(s)” and “sin.” Perhaps “weight(s)” are not necessarily actual sin yet become an idol and sin when not kept in moderation and when they become more important than that One “exceeding great reward” Himself (Genesis 15:1).

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

One thing’s for certain and that is that our Father has called us to look unto Jesus who is the very “author and finisher of our faith” and overcame all that stood in His path to the cross to redeem us! This He did with a heart filled with pure divine joy to save you and me! He poured out His own life blood to save you.

As I “work out” (not for) my own salvation with “fear and trembling,” God is working in me “both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13) As Jesus Christ continues to be more and more my “first love,” having no one more important than Him, I find myself able to enjoy all the other aspects of this life much more thoroughly! “He giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

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