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Devotional - week of September 4, 2011


COSTLY FALL

 

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

 

Jesus begins his messages to the seven churches in Asia with a statement of commendation to the church of Ephesus.  

 

I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. Revelation 2:2-3

 

If the churches of Asia knew each other before the letter from Jesus, it is likely that they all considered Ephesus the model church.   They would have expected Jesus to highly commend it. Likely, they would say, “What a church! They are aggressive and patient. They have the courage to deal with members who have sin in their lives. They proved false prophets to be liars. They work for God to the point of exhaustion. They hate the deeds of heretics.”

 

However, the other churches were surely shocked when they discovered that Jesus was about to abandon the church because her members had lost their first love. Jesus tells the believers in Ephesus to “rememer from where they have fallen and repent.”  

 

A believer’s first love is that love God poured into his heart when he received Jesus as Lord and Savior. If we discover we have lost our first love, we must repent and continue to receive that first love by living out our oneness with Christ.