Behold, I am coming quickly! My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last...I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. Revelation 22:12-13,16
Can you remember your first love? Picture his or her face, if you can, and remember what it was like to have that baby crush on that little guy or gal. You can feel the little butterflies and recall how your mother would coo over how cute the two of you were.
Do you remember all that? Good, now answer me this question-how much does that first love matter to you now?
You see, our first love is of very little consequence. It is whom we will love to the end that matters most.
Who will you love to the end? No matter how long or how much it might cost you, what love will you cling to until the end of your days? Is it your love for sports? For the outdoors? For green energy or the environment? Or how about your love for politics or your job? Are these the loves in your life that will endure till you die?
Think about the things in which you are involved right now. What hobbies take up your time? What leadership positions are important to you? Consider these things, and then tell me whether they reflect the love that matters in the end.
Which love is this that ultimately matters? It is our love for Jesus, who alone is our pathway into eternal life. No other thing, no other person, no other love we can have could possibly transcend our earthly life. But Jesus, He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. He is the One we must love until the end.
Do not be mistaken about your love. Jesus is not church activities. He is not religious zeal. He is not even a point of intellectual doctrine.
Jesus is a genuine, loving relationship with God. Do you have this love?
Prayer Lord Jesus,
Thank You for loving me and desiring a relationship with me! I want to have a real relationship with You today and always. Please make my heart constant in pursuing You, so that I might love You until the end.