Sometimes going “back to the beginning” is necessary. Sometimes starting over with the basics is required. Even Paul wrote about this:
I Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, 2 and by which you are being saved — provided you keep holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you. For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain. 3 For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; 4 and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says;
I know this seems so “milk.” I realize that you might wonder the necessity of these Words.
And yet, Paul made it quite clear to the Corinthians that they needed to understand that the Messiah died for sins. This is a teaching that should have been very basic. He also stated that the Tanakh (Old Testament Words) were written to make everything clear about the coming of the Messiah.
If Paul had to write these words to a fellowship that was “established,” how much more do we need to “return to the Good News?” I have watched fellowships become caught up in “dotting i’s” and “crossing t’s” and they forget their First Love. I have watched fellowships become “self righteous” and put others down that don’t “agree with them.” I believe that we have walked away from what God wants us to do…
The Good News is that Christ died for us. The Good News is that He was buried, but rose again on the third day. The Good News is the message we are supposed to “hold fast” too.
Friends, don’t let yourselves get caught in the acts of judging and legalism. God’s love is what draws all men to Him. If we walk in that LOVE we will share His love with those around us.
I realize that it is a fine line these days. How does one “speak the Truth” and not judge? How does one share what the Word of God says without coming across as a “know it all?” I struggle myself with these scenarios.
Humility is key. When we walk with His Spirit inside of us, people will be drawn to that. When we keep Him at the center of our hearts, He will keep the key points in our minds.
Take time today to remind yourself of your First Love. Go back to the beginning of your walk with Him and remember what you felt, than pass that along to those you love.