One of the seven churches in the Book of Revelation was the church of Ephesus. Jesus commended the people of Ephesus for their good works, perseverance, and rejection of evil. They started as a congregation filled with hard-working, Bible-believing Christians. Their love for Christ and each other was strong. But struggles with false teachers and persecution had caused their original love to grow cold. These Christians, in being busy and doing the work of the church, had forsaken the Lord of the Church. They had lost their love and zeal for Christ and each other. They were so busy “doing;” they had forgotten about “being.”
Is the Ephesian story ours as well? How did they, or do we, get to that place in our hearts? A few things to think about.
- Routine faith can make loving Him boring.
- Busyness can make loving Him secondary.
- Success can make loving Him complacent.
Are you in Ephesus today?
Here are three action words to help you escape your “Ephesus.”
- When we forget what God did, we will stop believing what God will do.
- Revelation 2:5
- Hosea 12:6
So, it is with any church or Christian who forsakes Jesus. But you and I have this day to return to Him.
May we rest in and praise God, for He knows what we lack. “Your Father knows that you need these things… seek His kingdom first and these things will be added to you.” Luke 12:30-31.