Good morning and welcome to a new week! This morning we continued our study in the incredible letter of Revelation. Take a read of these 4 verses;
2 ‘I know your deeds and your labor and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people, and you have put those who call themselves apostles to the test, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured on account of My name, and have not become weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore, remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and I will remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
This was originally written to the church in Ephesus – a very big, vibrant, solid, doctrine teaching, active church. A church that was facing severe persecution, a church that knew the word and that called out false teachers. Jesus praises them in verses 2 and 3 – that they have endured ( to take up in order to carry or bear, to put upon one’s self (something) to be carried, to bear what is burdensome); and that they have perseverance (steadfastness, constancy, endurance, in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings). This church sounds amazing! They had works! Then verse 4 comes crashing in.
That words cuts to the quick. Literally meaning despite all of that! Despite all of that incredible stuff. Jesus says I have this against you (literally in direct opposition to me) – you have left your first love. They have left a love that they don’t have anymore. So you can have all the works in the world, but when you lose your first love, the works do not matter! So what can someone do that has left their first love? Verse 5.
Remember! Remember your love for the Lord! Remember what our Lord and Savior Jesus paid for us!
Repent! Call the sin what it is – pride. Make the 180 degree turn back to Him and plead the blood of Christ over your sin.
Return! Go back to the first works that were done completely out of love for our Lord!
Jesus thank you for saving me. Thank you for the blood and thank you for being my everything. Forgive me for doing anything outside of that love. Help me to persevere and endure for your sake and for your church, May my life bring your glory and honor and may it be a life of worship. In the only name that matters, the saving and holy name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed day and week.