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Rev. 2:2-5 “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; 3 and you have persevered and had patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 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. ’

The first letter written by Jesus and sent through John was addressed to Ephesus. Ephesus was once a thriving church that God had poured His Spirit in and through on many occasions. They were known for their perseverance and patience. They were known to labor for the cause of Christ and walk in great discernment. They were a church that not only walked in pursuit of righteousness but promoted it for all to see. What in the world happened to this once vibrant church?

Simply put, they lost their first love. Undoubtedly, they got sidetracked.

They got sidetracked with life, religion, and shallow pursuits and, in doing so, forgot their very reason for existing. Before we judge them too severely, we might want to check our hearts and pursuits. It’s much easier than one would think to get off course. Most of us have done it a time or two ourselves. We start off running the race with Jesus and lose our way. We, too, can get sidetracked from walking in kingdom purposes. Notice that John did not say that they now hated the Father, he said they had lost their first love. Jesus was no longer first on their list of things to do. That’s the way the enemy often works to destroy us. He doesn’t necessarily try to disavow our love for the Father; he wants us to not let it be our “first love.” The warning of Revelation 2 to Ephesus is clear, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen and repent.” This is a simple solution to a life-altering problem. He wants us to see where we are and get back to our first pursuit, a “first love” pursuit of Jesus Christ.

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