Thirty weeks of studying Revelation has brought me to this point:
I love Jesus.
Oh, it’s not the first time I loved Him. I fell in love with Him initially while on the phone with my friend and her mom (my life-long pastor) back in 1991. Jesus went to the cross for me? He would have died for me, even if I was the last person on this earth?
Yes, and yes.
Who could say no to a love like that? Not me.
During that life-changing, eternity-altering phone call, they said a joy I never experienced before would forever be present in my heart. They were right. It’s still there today.
But life happens. And even though this indescribable joy remains, my love for my Savior got buried in all of life’s concerns, monotony, schedules and such. It shouldn’t have, but it did.
Maybe you understand. It happens, and sometimes we don’t even realize it!
Oh, but this study. This BSF study refitted my faith. It challenged what I thought I new of my Savior. It tore down the walls of the box I had comfortably put Him in.
It revived a love for Jesus that had somehow become a bit lukewarm.
Lukewarm love isn’t anything to get excited about. In fact, Jesus was clear how He felt about the lukewarm Laodicean church in Revelation 3.
So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16 NIV
I get it. My coffee yesterday morning cooled off quicker than I expected. I took a big swig of what remained in my cup, only to find it was, you guessed it, lukewarm. I wanted to spit it out too. Ick!
That verse jolted me into reality, and caused me to identify my lukewarm love.
As I dug into this book of the Bible I was once scared to study, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Jesus through each lesson. Week after week, I fell in love with Him all over again.
His love. His justice. His power. His sovereignty. His majesty. His obedience. His protection. His offer of salvation. His blessing. His Words… all refitted my faith and reignited my love.
And then this:
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13
Friend, He’s coming back soon. Are we ready?
My salvation is secure. I pray today yours is too. It is if you’ve accepted Jesus’ free gift.
But I question, what am I doing today out of this love for my Savior?
When we live life with an eternal view, our daily perspective changes.
May we fall in love with Jesus, all over again today. And then again tomorrow. And the next day. May we be about sharing His love with the world.
Linking this post with Suzie Eller and friends for #livefreeThursday. What a timely day to live free in the love of Jesus!