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June 10, 2016, 12:00 PM

Back to the Basics

By Greg Higgins

 

There’s a disturbing passage of scripture in Revelation 2. The first several chapters of this book are dealing with the seven churches in Asia Minor. Most of the churches have completely rebelled against God and He is rebuking them because of this.

Revelation 2 is different though. The church at Ephesus is being praised because of their work. They have been praised because they are standing against evil. They are being the church. Then something happens, though. After all the praising and all the good stuff reported about, something happens. The church is told that the Lord has something against them.

This is where we should pause and reflect for a second. The church, up until this point, had done nothing wrong. They had not aligned themselves with false prophets. They had not given into temptations of sin and perversion. They were doing the work of God and trying to be the church Jesus called them to be.

So, if they were doing what they needed to be doing and they were being recognized by God for doing it, what could He possibly have against them? The problem they had is the same problem lots of Christians run into today. They were told in verse four that they had left their first love.

What does this mean? Leave the first love? Remember when you first fell in love with someone. You had to be around them all the time. If you weren’t around them, you were on the phone with them or thinking about them. That person literally consumed you. Your mind was constantly on them. Your actions were for them. Your words were about them. You were in love.

The same thing happens to us as Christians. When we fall in love with Jesus, we can’t stop thinking about Him. We talk about Him all day and all night. He consumes our every being. This is great. Then, we start working for Him. Maybe it’s teaching a class or keeping the nursery. Perhaps the bus ministry or helping with the youth department. Anything we can to help further the Kingdom of God.

Sometimes, though, we forget why we started doing this. We’re doing all the right things. We’re witnessing and being a light, but we don’t have time for Jesus like we used to. We don’t read the Bible as much because we’re busy at church. We don’t pray near enough because we’ve been witnessing. Then, what happens, is we start doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. It’s now become an obligation instead of an opportunity. It’s a career instead of a choice.

I would ask you to check yourself. Where are you? Why are you doing what you’re doing? Where’s your love? Perhaps you need to step back from everything you’ve been doing and fall in love with Jesus once again.

 

- Greg


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