ON FIRE WITH FIRST LOVE
It is easy to think of heaven and the future as a dreamy, happy time with boundless leisure. The truth is that God is preparing a people who will rule and reign with Christ. Eternity has incredible purpose for the child of God. We are preparing for things we cannot imagine in the New World. There is incredible purpose locked into God’s heart for our future. Are you ready for what’s to come?
What is the missing oil that you need in your lamp? What spiritual maintenance do you need to have to be ready for God’s Call?
1. First Love
Like the night party of women going out to meet the coming Bridegroom, there are those who have lost their light. They have not maintained the importance of loving Christ above all else. They have neglected their first love.
Lloyd John Ogilvie made this observation:
“Jesus was saying much more about human nature than about God’s graciousness. There is a time when it’s too late. Not for God, but for us. The abundant life is offered to us. We can miss the overtures of God each day. But the issue is that repeated resistance results in a life which cannot appropriate the invitation to live forever with God after death.”[i]