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Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.
- Revelation 2:5
When Jesus found a fatal flaw in the church at Ephesus - that they were leaving their first love - He also gave His prescription for renewal and revival. They are the three Rs of returning to our first love: remember, repent, and repeat.
First, you need to remember. This word could be translated, "Keep on remembering." What should you remember? You should remember where you were when Jesus Christ first found you. You were separated from Him by sin and on your way to a certain judgment. But He graciously and lovingly reached out to you and forgave you. All of us were separated from God and facing judgment. The essential thing Christ did for you is the same that He did for every person.
The psalmist described it this way: "He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth - praise to our God" (Psalm 40:2-3). Every Christian can say this. That is what Christ did for us.
Second, you need to remember where you were at the highest point of your love for Jesus. When was that high point in your spiritual life? Was it a month ago? A year? Ten years? Or was it today? Could you say, "At this moment in my life, I believe I am as close to the Lord as I have ever been"? If you can say that, praise God. If not, remember when you were closest to the Lord, mark it in your mind, and make it your aim to return there once again.