People love being first when it comes to achievement or self-fulfilment. We love to be the first to break a world record, the first in a race and the first to invent something new.

People don’t love being first when it comes to sacrifice or pain. No one wants to be the first to die, the first to get sick or the first to suffer. This is especially true with love.

There is an element of risk when we love someone or even something. C.S. Lewis described it best in his famous quote from the book, The Four Loves:

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.

Naturally we want to shield ourselves from risk whenever possible, but the Bible encourages us to do something completely different.

In 1 John 4:19 it says:

We love because He first loved us.

The Bible also says:

There is no fear in love.

The scripture gently admonishes us to imitate God’s “first” kind of love. It reminds us that we do love and that we should love, because God loved us first.

Is a lack of love hindering you from going on a OYC or making a big decision for God?

God’s example is clear. Through Jesus and throughout all time, He had been the one to act first. He did not respond, but rather He initiated. He spoke first and went first and He sacrificed first. He was brave first. We are free to love, because God loved us first.

Because of His “first” kind of love, we can decide to be the first to make a radical decision for God.

Consider this kind of love. Let it give you power to make your own decision to go on a One Year Challenge.

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