The early part of Revelation includes a writing to the Church in Ephesus. In this letter the Church is both complemented and admonished or warned. As with people and Churches there are things done good and things where we are all as Christians growing and learning, no perfect people nor perfect Churches. Regardless though, Christ has called us all to overcome sin and love Him with all our heart. However, in this letter to the Church in Ephesus, they are reminded that God wants all His Churches and people everywhere seeking to be faithful in all areas especially from the heart. The Lord reveals to Ephesus the importance that they always love and follow Him “even as when they first came to know Him”. Our lives inside and at our Churches should be about encouragement, love and peace. People should be uplifted in peace, not quarrelsome, but at unity with others and Jesus Christ. When we do things of good nature we know we remember our first love. Christ is telling us to make sure we don’t grow complacent and that we have the same or better desire for Him as we did when we first met Him.
What would life look like without friends, without those who encourage you, without peace, hope, love and joy, without your pastor or preacher, without coconut pie, family, without Cheerios, Cornflakes, without Chocolate, how about without service to others, certainly all of those things we hope we would miss, but never should we lose our affection and desire for our greatest first love Jesus Christ nor His children nor things of Him. God said do not lose your first love, if we have, He says consider How far you have Fallen, Repent and turn back to Him.
We as Christians need to take care not to take God nor the things of God for granted, but must remember our first love of Christ and how special He is.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
They work hard, they stand against wickedness and false doctrine and endure hardships for the cause of Christ.
But the scripture goes further with a rebuke.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent I will remove your lamp-stand. ( your light in the world and community )
If any consistently take their Christian life, your blessings, your faith, your devotion, some or all for granted on an ongoing basis, God may be telling us we have lost our first love for Him and asks we change and do what we first did with all He gave us, even Christ Himself. Are great things happening in life and we have become blind to see them, seeing only with your eyes not heart, failing to see blessings all around you, return to your first love.
The Lord gives and takes away, don’t lose your lampstand like the Church at Ephesus risked, there is a time and season, don’t miss the greatest things God has sent you, and given you, be it blessings, hope, faith, or other things God has given.
The Christian life should be about personal and spiritual growth, change at a place inside, a place where freedom exists, and encouraged, not hindered, a place of peace not strife, filled with hope and faith, the Christian life and worship should be joyful and hopeful. Focus on Christ not self, others not self, love, words filled with life, praise, worship, a life of service, and encouragement. This should be true inside our hearts, outside in our Churches, at work, Home etc. Everywhere we go we represent Christ and shouldn’t take Him for granted.
Christ said “Do not lose your first love?”
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Forgive us and bless us that we love You with all of our heart, mind, and soul. May Your Spirit guide us to renew our love for You.
May we grow closer to You and trust You more each day.
Bless all your people and watch over us, keep us safe, and grant us hope, peace, joy and love.
May we repent and turn to You, and do the things You would have.
We thank You that we can love and choose to do the things of Christ.
Let us not take you or others for granted but cherish every blessing and moment you give us.
In Jesus Name,