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…
- Remember what it used to be like when you loved Him most of all.
- Repent, turn back, change directions.
- 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.