“Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You.” (Psalms 73:25 HCSB)
Take me back, take me back dear Lord
To the place where I first believed you.
Take me back, take me back dear Lord where I
Chorus of the song Take Me Back by Andre Crouch
These simple lines speak of desire. It is the soul’s desire after the Lord Y’shuaJesus. It is a deep desire to look upon Him with undiluted, unwavering, rapture. It speaks of wanting to go back to simpler times, when a past life left behind was forgotten, and a totally new life lay ahead.
It speaks, too, of purification. “Jesus said to him, ‘The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean. . .’ ” (John 13:10 ESV) When we first came fully into the fold of Believers, we were washed by the Blood of the Y’shuaJesus. No longer is it necessary to, or wise, go back to that initial washing, asking again for Messiah to die for us. But an occasional foot washing is always needed. For the way in which we travel, we get our feet dirty. This dirt includes cares related to the world and even cares related to ministry.
This foot washing is also a return to the original doctrine, being cleansed of things that might have gotten in the way since the time we first believed in Y’shuaJesus. The letter to the Hebrews says: “to teach you again the basic principles of G-d’s revelation. You need milk, not solid food.” (5:12) Those Messianic Believers are being told that before they go on with more complex things, they need to return to the basics.
The author lists those basics as:
1) Repentance from Dead Works;
2) Faith in G-d;
3) Ritual Washings;
4) Laying on of Hands;
5) Resurrection of the Dead;
6) Eternal Judgment.
In Revelation, our Lord makes the need to return to the place where we first believed paramount in our experience with Him. “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:2-4 ESV)
This return, this cry of “Take Me Back,” is not a cry to go back to the foot of the cross. No! We’ve been there and need not return. But perhaps we need to go back to the ascension of our Lord Y’shuaJesus, to the desire of His disciples. “. . . [Y’shuaJesus] was lifted up while they were beholding, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. And while they were gazing intently into Heaven while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; and they also said, ‘Men of Galil, why do you stand looking into Heaven? This Yeshua, Who has been taken up from you into Heaven will come in just the same way as you beheld Him go into Heaven.’ ” (Acts 1:9-11 MRC) (Emphasis Added)
We are called to gaze intently into Heaven, to seek earnestly our Lord, our Savior, Y’shuaJesus. We are called to desire Him more than anything else. He must not just be in our thought, but must BE our thoughts upon waking, throughout the day, and at evening as we lay down to sleep. And every once and a while, we need to clean the dirt from our feet. We must rid ourselves of all that isn’t of G-d. We must cleanse ourselves from the dirt of unproductive preaching and doctrine, of unproductive ministry efforts, of relationships that lead away from our first love.
Lord, enable us to return to You, our first love, with the power that burns away the chaff and tarnish, that we may gaze intently into Heaven, then certainly we will see You coming as You left, that we may be gathered up into Your arms, as the Good and Faithful friends You desire us to be. We pray in the Glorious Name of Y’shuaJesus. AMEN.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .