Read: Rev 1:1-2:29
But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Revelation 2:4
In the first few chapters of the book, God lays out His encouragement for 7 churches, as well as His displeasure with some of their behavior.
The Apostle John writes the book of Revelation from the island of Patmos, where he was sent in exile to shut up his message of salvation through Jesus. It’s while there that God gives him this vision which he records and sends to the churches.
To the church in Ephesus, he writes that they work hard, they endure with patience, they don’t tolerate evil or false teaching, they are studious and discerning, and they have persevered without quitting.
It’s a glowing word of encouragement. But He goes on to say that He has one complaint against them. They don’t love God and they don’t love each other like they once did. Isn’t it interesting that loving God and loving others is at the top of God’s list.
What is striking to me is that He says if you don’t return to love, to passion, to worship, to kindness and to generosity, the church there will be dead to me. All the theological correctness in the world, hard work, vigilance and even perseverance don’t make a church or a Christian vitally alive in the Spirit. Those things are important, without question, but God wants to know how your heart is doing. How is your love quotient?
Paul said you can hit every point religiously and spiritually, but if you don’t have love you are a clanging gong.
Take a few minutes and ask God to show you your love level. Both for Him and for others. Often, we let the distractions of life or painful experiences numb our hearts and steal our love and our spiritual vitality.
Seek the Lord to light the fire again in your heart and give you a passionate friendship with Him and a genuine love for others. It’s the only way to really live a life worth living.
Father – show me where I have lost my passion for you, for your Kingdom, and for others. As King David prayed… “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Lord, fill me with your love and burn anew in my soul. In Jesus’ name – amen.