What’s the secret of having a fresh love for the Lord Jesus?
What’s the secret of having a fresh, fervent, first and even best love for the Lord Jesus? In the Bible, the Lord definitely commands us to love Him, even with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut. 6:5; Mark 12:30), and in the book of Revelation, the Spirit says to the church in Ephesus that the one thing He has against the church is that she has left Christ as her first love (Rev. 2:4). So how can we love the Lord with all of our heart, and how can we love Him with our best love?
The beginning of our loving the Lord is a vision of His person
The solution to our need for love toward the Lord Jesus is to see a vision of who He is, a vision of His wonderful person. This causes us to be infused with His beauty and His glory. This secret is found in the words of the hymn “Jesus Lord, I’m captured by Thy beauty” (Hymn # 1159 in Hymns). The first stanza says:
Jesus Lord, I’m captured by Thy beauty,
All my heart to Thee I open wide;
Now set free from all religious duty,
Only let me in Thyself abide.
As I’m gazing here upon Thy glory,
Fill my heart with radiancy divine;
Saturate me, Lord, I now implore Thee,
Mingle now Thy Spirit, Lord, with mine.
In short, we cannot manufacture love for the Lord Jesus; instead, we can only come to Him to behold His beauty. We can do this by praying over these words: “Lord Jesus capture me by Your beauty. I open my heart wide to You. Set me free from all religious duty. Only let me in Yourself abide. Let me gaze here upon Your glory. Fill my heart with radiancy divine. Saturate me, Lord, I now implore You. Mingle now Your Spirit Lord with mine.”
Stanza two further unveils this secret by saying,
Shining One—how clear the sky above me!
Son of Man, I see Thee on the throne!
Holy One, the flames of God consume me,
Till my being glows with Thee alone.
Lord, when first I saw Thee in Thy splendor,
All self-love and glory sank in shame;
Now my heart its love and praises render,
Tasting all the sweetness of Thy name.
This stanza clearly expresses the answer to our quest for the secret to beginning of the best love for the Lord Jesus—“ Lord, when first I saw Thee in Thy splendor, / All self-love and glory sank in shame; / Now my heart its love and praises render, / Tasting all the sweetness of Thy name.”
Oh, may the Lord grant us first to see Him in His splendor such that all our self love and glory sinks in shame! Then from our heart we’ll offer our love and praises to Him while tasting the sweetness of His name. May the words of this stanza become our hearts deepest cry to the Lord!
The issue of seeing the vision of Christ’s person is to pour our best love upon Him.
The issue of such a vision is found in stanza three which says,
Precious Lord, my flask of alabaster
Gladly now I break in love for Thee;
I anoint Thy head, Beloved Master;
Lord, behold, I’ve saved the best for Thee.
Dearest Lord, I waste myself upon Thee;
Loving Thee, I’m deeply satisfied.
Love outpoured from hidden depths within me,
Costly oil, dear Lord, I would provide.
It was while Mary was sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to His word (Luke 10:39) that she received a vision that the Lord Jesus was going to the cross to die for us. Her vision of Christ as the dying Redeemer enabled her to pour out her love for Him, to break her alabaster flask, to anoint Him in love beforehand for His death (Matt. 26:7, 12).
This is to give the Lord Jesus our first and best love, to pour out our all on Him. We can only give Him our best love when we’re captured by a vision of who He is.
Only this kind of love will make us call for His return, yearn to see Him face to face, and desire to satisfy Him as His loving bride. This ultimate issue is seen in the final verse of this hymn. May it be the prayer of us all.
My Beloved, come on spices’ mountain;
How I yearn to see Thee face to face.
Drink, dear Lord, from my heart’s flowing fountain,
Till I rest fore’er in Thine embrace.
Not alone, O Lord, do I adore Thee,
But with all the saints as Thy dear Bride;
Quickly come, our love is waiting for Thee;
Jesus Lord, Thou wilt be satisfied.
About Tom Smith
Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!