by Rev Joel Yong
Revelation of John 2:3-5
You have endured, suffered trouble because of my name, and have not grown weary. However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone. Remember how far you have fallen. Return to me and change the way you think and act, and do what you did at first. I will come to you and take your lamp stand from its place if you don’t change.
The church in Ephesus is commended for many things. But it is criticized for losing the love it first had for the Lord.
They were initially commended in the following verse in Ephesians 1:15:
“I, too, have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people.”
Thirty years had passed between the Epistle to the Ephesians and the letter in Revelation.
Their initial passion had withered into a lifeless religion.
Perhaps they may have had the functional ministries going on in church but they did it without love and joy-
After all, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:2:
“I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don’t have love, I am nothing.”
Good reminder to check ourselves. Is our faith an ongoing relationship with Christ or a religion filled with mindless rituals and repetitive ministry without meaning?