First Love First Works

"First Love" (Rev. 2:4-5) Priorities. We all do what is important to us. If we are not seeking the Lord's face diligently daily, it's because he's not important to us.

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In the divine economy, loving the LORD is core and key, isn’t it? Are we paying close attention when we are reading His words? Want to keep the central commandment of Jesus? Okay, yes and good. Now let’s begin with this central command of Christ:
 
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-39
 
Jesus says only “IFFFFF you LOVE ME, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) In other words “If you don’t truly love me, don’t even bother.” You see, IF and only IF I love Jesus, will I deny self – set self aside – take up the cross, and truly follow my Master (Luke 9:23-24). This will result in holy, abiding, fruitful living (John 15:1-16).

— ONLY God Himself determines and has told us what is right and wrong … period. Fallen mankind does not determine such. Check this …. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 18:22 …. all un-redeemed men are sinners … it doesn’t matter the flavor of their sin. They need Jesus and only one entity in the earth is qualified to give them the Healing Balm. His holy Name is Jesus Christ and He came to the earth “to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Will you personally participate with the true remnant of Christ in His Great Commission campaign? If so, what part are you playing? What is your contribution today? What are you doing to further this mission Christ sent His people to accomplish and for which He is holding us accountable?

The line has been drawn for certain and yet, the Great Commission is what Christ left us to do. We are to be about this our “Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49) Why were some not about it already? The good news is that that one can repent and return to Christ as first love and when true repentance for doing our own thing happens, Jesus will restore this desire and direction to the heart of the repentant. Folks, God has not changed. He grants you no right to do your own thing – anything else other than His work of saving and teaching souls for whom Christ bled. So many have been swept up and away from this Great Commission. They’ve been misled by wolves who pose as Christ’s representatives but are proven to be false by their refusal to preach the full counsel of His Word, in order to equip the saints to do His Great Commission (Ephesians 4:11-12). They have monopolized, intercepted, and stolen the heart affections and resources of those who claim to be serving Christ. Read Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34 to get a clue.

Blank white book w/pathMany are caught up in and preoccupied with all kinds of other religious activities such as an emphasis on giftings, callings, movements, counseling, coping, psycho-babble, music, songs, church activities, chasing the elusive supposed and self-serving “revival,” etc. Any local church or movement that is not about the “Father’s business” of reconciling the lost is apostate, period. They are doing their own thing and perpetuating their own existence and anyone who supports such is also to blame and will receive the same judgment in the end (2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 John 7-11, etc.).  Any ministry or minister who isn’t about the “Father’s business” of the Great Commission, is false. Jesus gave us His Great Commission and expects and requires that we fulfill such. He’s watching. He shall bring us into account for such. He shed His blood to reconcile mankind and told us that if we are truly new creatures in Him, we are His very “ambassadors” and been given “the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

Long ago, our LORD warned us of false leaders and how they would exploit His people.

“Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.” Lamentations 2:14

Goers and Senders

Want to examine yourself to see if you are truly in God’s will? If so, reconcile honestly what you are doing in obedience to Christ by further the cause of His Great Commission command. Are you going and/or sending? Romans 10:14-15 tells us – “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (goer) 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? (sender) as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Those who are not about the “Father’s business” are simply consumed with self-interest. Without exception, those who are given over to the LORD are filled with His desire to help those separated from Him by their sin.

PredatorsBookshelfIn this late hour, Jesus chides and beckons – “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 (evangelism); or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelation 2:4-5) When we genuinely “repent” and return to our “first love,” our hearts will be filled with the desire to help others know the only Savior.

First Love First Works … According to Jesus, all those who return to Christ as their “first love” will, without exception, get back to the “first works” which would include edifying the body of Christ and winning lost souls (Revelation 2:4-5). When Jesus saved you, if you were truly born again, your whole desire was to help others be saved. Right?

One of the few who support this particular outreach has had trouble seeing how what she does counts. Yet she has no idea or clue how much her help has been and for this she will be equally and eternally rewarded (John 4:36, etc.). We have no fuel without such participation nor do the other ministries of Christ – known by their obedience to His unaltered Great Commission command. Jesus says Go. Now.

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.” John 4:34-38

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