I jokingly say that I will not teach Revelation until I’ve been a church for five years. I’m almost done with my fifth year here at Asbury, so I guess I may have to teach it sometime soon! LOL.
Revelation to me in an interesting book, there’s always a lot of debate about the middle part, and that’s where most of the attention goes. But to me, I really love the beginning and the end. In the beginning, John is writing letters to seven churches from Jesus, letters that bring encouragement and challenges to the churches.
The end, of course, shows us a picture of eternity and what it will be like when we come the wedding feast of the Lamb, when Jesus comes for His church.
Today’s passage comes from that first portion, the seven letters. Listen to what it says to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2: 1-5:
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
I love that reminder. You’ve lost your first love. For so many of us as Christians, that can happen to us. We love Jesus. We really do. We have been affected by His grace. We have seen His mercy. We have tasted His goodness.
We know it. We really do. We know how good God is. We really do.
And we forget. We just forget. Life gets busy. Things happen. We know our first love.
And we forget.
Today, remember your first love. Place Jesus first in all things. When He is on the throne of our hearts, all things work out, somehow. When anything else is on the throne, even the good things, they will in crush us.
When Jesus is first, things just make sense. When anything else is in first place, things (in time) will fall apart.
Today, remember. Remember. Remember your first love.
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