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June 24, 2013

Remember

Remember what it was like when you first fell in love with Jesus. It was not about the rules and religion. It was about a relationship. You took it seriously and you were excited to spend time with Him. You were excited to be at church. You were excited to worship. You were excited to dig in and learn from the word. So what happened?

In Revelation 2:1-5 Jesus said: “Remember the height from which you have fallen!”

In ancient Israel, the lampstand was taken care of by the priest. Each morning he would come in and trim the wicks then pour in the olive oil, making sure to take special care.  Each evening they would come in and clean it out.  If they ever neglected it, the light would go out.  The eternal flame symbolized the light that God’s people were supposed to be to the world. But this light that burned in the hearts of His people depended on their relationship with Him.

Just like in marriage, if the relationship is not maintained, the light goes out. You have to pay attention like you did when you first fell in love. Putting those dates on the calendar to make sure the marriage relationship comes before every other human relationship. See, marriages are either growing closer together or they are moving further apart. They never stand still. People do not understand this. If you just go through the motions of your day and do not maintain your marriage and intentionally spend time together, to intentionally talk and connect, you are going to drift apart and the flame will eventually go out. You have got to look after the daily maintenance just like the priest did with the lampstand in the temple because your marriage is sacred, valuable, and intended to represent God’s faithfulness and love. Has the light in your relationship with Jesus gone dim? Recommit yourself to your first love. It is never too late.