Jesus sent the Ephesian church a message of deep concern.
It wasn’t about an overt sin or some doctrine they failed to learn.
It wasn’t about a lack of hard work or failure to persevere;
Their commitment to serve the Lord was known to be sincere.
It wasn’t because they welcomed new teachers without a proper test,
The Ephesian believers were true to the Word. Its veracity they stressed.
So what was the problem Jesus had? What was he intolerant of?
What did he see in the Ephesian church that created this call from above?
The Ephesians left their first love behind; to that they must return.
This was our Lord’s serious charge expressed in the strongest of terms.
It’s fine to proclaim the gospel, to tell of our Lord above,
But very few are able to hear it when they fail to feel the love.
He called them first to remember, then to repent and restore.
Remember the love, restore the deeds; get back to that place once more.
If they failed to heed His Words; if they failed to do what was right,
All their labor would be in vain if Jesus removed their light.
I know there’s a truth in here for us, a message we need to heed.
It’s not to allow the lesser things to crowd out the truth we need.
So let us love the Lord our God with all our heart and might;
Let us dispel the darkness of sin by reflecting God’s glorious light.
2 "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place -- unless you repent.6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’(NKJV)
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