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If You Love Anything More Than You Love Jesus…

I’m speaking to believers… is there anything in your life you’ve come to love more than you love Jesus? An entire church was guilty of this and Jesus addressed them in Revelation 2:1-7. The Ephesian church was like the average Baptist church as described by Vance Havner, “straight as a gun barrel doctrinally, and just as empty spiritually.”

They hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, an early heretical cult. They worked hard at being doctrinally pure, but they had apparently come to value their doctrinal purity over even their relationship with Jesus. They had left their first love.

So Jesus gives them a simple, three-point challenge…

  1. Remember what it used to be like when you loved Him most of all.
  2. Repent, turn back, change directions.
  3. Do the first works – again pour your energy into your relationship with Jesus.

The fact is, our relationship with Jesus takes work, like any relationship. Marriages don’t grow accidentally, and neither does our walk with the Lord. It requires intentional cultivation by spending quality, intimate time with Him.

If you’re realizing that something else has consumed your affections, then listen to Jesus’ words and obey them. To repent can be thought of in four steps: 1.) see my fault, 2.) feel my fault, 3.) admit my fault, and 4.) forsake my fault.

In all of your remembering today, remember your relationship with Jesus.

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  • Kerri Smith

    This is very important for us to think about. I think, if we’re honest, we would think of many things we love more than Jesus, even if we don’t do this intentionally. I think this is something we could really delve into as we go about our daily lives. Thank you so much for the reminder.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      You're welcome, and you're right – it's easy to lose sight of it sometimes.

  • http://www.servingstrong.typepad.com Scott Couchenour

    I can tell when I’m guilty of putting something ahead of God by my disproportionate reaction to it when it’s taken away from me. Thanks for the insight today. Very timely for me in my life.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      I’m very glad of that, Scott, God bless!

  • http://allgodsgrace.com/ Daniel G

    Yes I have to put things before Jesus I learned Ilistem to him with my heart
    Thank you and God bless

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Thanks for stopping by, Daniel!

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