[QTVOTD] First Love…

“But I have this [one charge to make] against you (church at Ephesus): that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].  Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.” Revelation 2:4-5 ->me: In John’s vision, after Jesus lays His hand on Him and tells him not to be afraid, Jesus asks John to write down His words as a message to the seven churches mentioned earlier.  These words He has for Ephesus are tragic but I have found myself here.  Going day to day being a good Christian, standing up for what is right, doing lots of good works…but, my heart is not doing it out of a love for my Savior…it is just doing it.  Jesus gives 3 ways for the Ephesians to turn this around, 1) Repent – turn 180 degrees and fall with my arms wrapped around His legs. 2) Remember – hearken back to the way it felt the first time I realized the gravity of what He had done for me, and keep that memory on the forefront of my mind moving forward.  3) Do the things you did at first – those things I did that were birthed out of the this new love I had for Him.  The consequences for the church are dire if they don’t turn things around…their lamp stand will be removed (the church destroyed?).  I think of all the churches that are leaving aspects of the word of God behind to placate to the lost world they exist in; these churches are at risk.  My call here is to love my God and then do what I can in my own church to nurture the spirit of “First Love”.

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