“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 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.” Revelation 2:4-5
The Lord offers a scathing accusation against the church at Ephesus. The believers there had lost their love for God. In Matthew 22:36, a member of the Pharisees who was a lawyer sought to cross examine Jesus in an attempt to discredit the word of the Word made flesh. He asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment according to the law. Jesus’ response was that we are to love God with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our mind. God has always put great importance on love. The Bible tells us that before we even developed a love for God, He first loved us. It is when we accept Christ and receive the Holy Spirit that we begin to understand just how special and how invaluable that kind of love is.
One of the things I love about God is that before destruction, there is a warning. And here, the Lord is extending His amazing grace. That same amazing grace that saves also sustains. Sometimes we don’t realize the danger we are in. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are not praying like we once did. Sometimes we don’t realize we haven’t cracked open our Bibles in a couple of days. Sometimes we don’t realize that our language is not one of strong faith, but has been contaminated with doubt. The Lord is warning that if they don’t get it together, He was going to SHUT IT DOWN!
Some of us may be guilty of losing our first love. Some of us may not be putting forth the same effort. It is crucial in these last days that we return to our first love, because the return of Jesus is imminent. Believers, whatever we have going on that takes us from the love of God, SHUT IT DOWN! Shut down him! Shut down her! Shut down it! Shut it down before you get shut out of heaven.
Be blessed and be encouraged!