First things first.

January 10, 2013

My first read of the new year was in Revelation 2 (following the chronological reading plan), Christ’s words to the church in Ephesus:

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.  I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.  But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first … To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

Yes, do good.  Yes, be discerning.  Yes, suffer well.  Yes, be strong.  But not with a heart that slowly becomes cold and lifeless.  Loveless.

To love Him with our chief love.  To love the neighbor He has given us with gospel love.  First things first this year.  This river flows into the ocean of everything else …

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