"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Friday, November 27, 2009

"You have forsaken your first love"

Revelation 2 records:

1"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: 2I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Using the example of the church at Ephesus especially regarding verse four, Dr. Jeremiah compares Christians today. He writes:

"In less than a century, the church at Ephesus had lost their passion for Jesus. They were so involved in keeping up the religious practices of the church that they had become passive in their devotion to the Head of the church. . . . [We] are more in love with the church than with the Lord of the church. We have moved from faith to formalism. We have lost our first love. Losing our first love is another way of saying we have lost our passion. And the way the church at large ... loses its passion is by individual Christians becoming passive about devotion to Christ." (pg. 85)

Life Wide Open by David Jeremiah

Do you agree or do you find people you know are passionate about Jesus?

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