"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love."
The encounter and experience, we have with our creator should not be occasionally or yearly. It should be regular, because our God is our first-love. The zeal we expended, when we gave our lives to Christ should never burn-out.
The evangelism, early coming to church, passion for service should not go into extinction as a result of issues or circumstances endearing our lives, because our victory is won by Christ.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."
What causes distraction from our first love
1. Degenerated Prayer Life: Degeneration leads to distraction
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
2. Lack of interest in God's word: The word of God dhould be premium in our lives, if
3. Lack of passion for souls:
Hebrews 5:12 KJV
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
4. Lazily attending the Church:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
5. When our love wax cold:
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
How to come back to your first-love
1. Love God unconditionally, word study and increase your prayer life:
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
2. Labour for the love of Christ:
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
3. Draw near and hold fast:
"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)"
4. Have faith and be patient:
"That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
Love is beautiful, a continuous work at it keeps it aligned for more enjoyment, hence, the way we daily upgrade or update our love tank towards spiritual activities makes God defend and fight for us ceaselessly. You cannot over love God but you can under-love him, therefore, struggle to retain, sustain and ascertain your love toward God.